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controversial

adjective
 
 
/ˌkɒntrəˈvɜːʃəl/
B2 causing a lot of disagreement or argument: a controversial decision/issue Debate and discussion
Translations of “controversial”
in Korean 논란의 여지가 있는…
in Arabic مُثير لِلجَدل…
in Portuguese polêmico, controvertido…
in Catalan polèmic…
in Japanese 物議をかもす…
in Italian controverso, polemico…
in Chinese (Traditional) 有爭議的, 引起爭議的…
in Russian спорный…
in Turkish tartışmalı, tartışmaya açık, nizalı…
in Chinese (Simplified) 有争议的, 引起争议的…
in Polish kontrowersyjny…
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