causing a lot of angry public discussion and disagreement a highly controversial topic one of the most controversial of Seattle's new office buildings a controversial plan to build a new road Malcolm X was a controversial figure. opposite noncontroversial, uncontroversial
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NAmE//ˌkɑntrəˈvərʃəli//adverb Punishments for prisoners include the loss of privileges and, more controversially, the stopping of visits.