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Meaning of “controversial” in the English Dictionary

"controversial" in British English

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controversialadjective

uk   /ˌkɒn.trəˈvɜː.ʃəl/  us   /ˌkɑːn.trəˈvɝː-/
B2 causingdisagreement or ​discussion: a controversial ​issue/​decision/​speech/​figure The ​book was very controversial.

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controversially
adverb uk   us   /-i/
(Definition of controversial from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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controversialadjective

 us   /ˌkɑn·trəˈvɜr·ʃəl, -ˈvɜr·si·əl/
causing or ​likely to ​causedisagreement: a controversial ​theory/​movie
controversially
adverb  /ˌkɑn·trəˈvɜr·ʃə·li, -ˈvɜr·si·ə·li/
They are also very controversially ​talking about ​taxingSocialSecuritybenefits more than they are now.
(Definition of controversial from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “controversial”
in Arabic مُثير لِلجَدل…
in Korean 논란의 여지가 있는…
in Portuguese polêmico, controvertido…
in Catalan polèmic…
in Japanese 物議をかもす…
in Chinese (Simplified) 有争议的, 引起争议的…
in Turkish tartışmalı, tartışmaya açık, nizalı…
in Russian спорный…
in Chinese (Traditional) 有爭議的, 引起爭議的…
in Italian controverso, polemico…
in Polish kontrowersyjny…
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