controversialism, n.controversialist, n.controversially, adv.
/kon'treuh verr"sheuhl/, adj.
1. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of controversy; polemical: a controversial book.
2. subject to controversy; debatable: a controversial decision.
3. given to controversy; disputatious.
[1575-85; < LL controversialis, equiv. to L controversi(a) CONTROVERSY + -alis -AL1]
Syn. 2. arguable, questionable.

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