con·tro·vert / ˈkäntrəˌvərt; ˌkäntrəˈvərt/ • v. [tr.] deny the truth of (something): subsequent work from the same laboratory controverted these results. ∎ argue about (something). DERIVATIVES: con·tro·vert·i·ble adj.
So controversy XIV. — L. contrōversia (see -Y 3). controversial XVI. — late L. controversialist XVIII.
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.