controversial controversial  /ˌkɑn trə ˈvɜr ʃəl/


  • (adj) marked by or capable of arousing controversy


  1. After an appeal by the former Congressman's spurned first wife, the Vatican reverses a controversial annulment.
  2. The often controversial Arab satellite TV channel launches a global English-language service on Wednesday.
  3. But even without injuries, the show was bound to be controversial, and not just for putting kids in the TV spotlight.


  1. Controversial anti-gay clinic closes

    Friday on AC360 at 8 p.m. ET, Anderson Cooper will interview Alan Chambers, the leader of a controversial clinic that for decades promoted reparative therapy. Now, that clinic has shut its doors and is apologizing to gay people for the pain the program caused. On Thursday's program, journalist Lisa Ling talked to Anderson about her interview […]
    on June 21, 2013     Source: CNN

  2. Controversial water plan is approved

    URBANA -- A controversial plan to sell waste water has been approved by the sanitary district.
    on June 21, 2013     Source: WCIA 3 Champaign-Urbana

  3. Controversial Maui mall could change to mix use plan

    Big changes could be on the way for a controversial shopping mall project on Maui. The 700,000 square foot project in Kihei was going to be the island's largest mall and almost exclusively retail. But new owners have taken over development of the project and the plan now calls for a mix of business, commercial and residential use. "It's more of a mixed use project that incorporates more ...
    on June 21, 2013     Source: KITV Honolulu


  1. "We've gone through a very tough year and I've been working Congress very hard, so I know there may not be an appetite immediately to dive into another controversial issue," he said of immigration reform.
    on Jul 1, 2010 By: Barack Obama Source: TIME

  2. "He was my closest and most valuable adviser while I served as president. I respected him and attempted in every way to remain in his good graces," Carter said. "He was a giant among legislators, and was courageous in espousing controversial...
    on Jun 28, 2010 By: Jimmy Carter Source: Parkersburg News

  3. "If it had not been for the stimulus and the budget proposal, it might have been ...... non-controversial," said House GOP leader John Boehner of Ohio.
    on Mar 11, 2009 By: John Boehner Source: Chicago Tribune

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