/ ˈkäntrəˌvərt; ˌkäntrəˈvərt/
deny the truth of (something):
subsequent work from the same laboratory controverted these results.
argue about (something).
, alert, animadvert, assert, avert, Bert, blurt, Burt, cert, chert, concert, controvert, convert, curt, desert, dessert, dirt, divert, exert, flirt, girt, hurt, inert, insert, introvert, Kurt, malapert, overt, pert, pervert, quirt, shirt, skirt, spirt, spurt, squirt, Sturt, subvert, vert, wort, yurt
•Engelbert • Colbert • sweatshirt
•nightshirt • pay dirt • Frankfurt
•miniskirt • underskirt • expert
•Blackshirt • redshirt • T-shirt
•Brownshirt • undershirt • extrovert
•ragwort • milkwort • pillwort
•nipplewort • lungwort • bladderwort
XVII. First in pp. and ppl. adj. controverted
, replacing †controversed
disputed, called in question — F. controversé
, for earlier †controvers
— L. contrōversus
disputed, questionable, f. contrō-
, var. of CONTRA-
, pp. of vertere
XIV. — L. contrōversia
(see -Y 3
XVI. — late L. controversialist
To contest, deny, or take issue with.
A claim of reckless driving alleged in a plaintiff's complaint that initiates a lawsuit for negligence is controverted by the statements made in the defendant's answer that he or she was driving at a speed below the speed limit and was observing the rules of the road.