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adjective controversial pronunciation in American English /ˌkɑntrəˈvɜrʃ(ə)l/
  1. a controversial subject, opinion, or decision is one that people disagree about or do not approve of
    controversial plans to build a new freeway
    a controversial issue/topic/proposal/decision: We tried to stay away from controversial topics at the dinner party.
    1. a.
      sometimes used about a person, especially a person in public life
      The president’s wife was a powerful and controversial figure.

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