Word of the Day 

March 18, 2015

controvertible \KAHN-truh-ver-tuh-bul\  adjectivecapable of being disputed or opposed by reason 

“A key piece of evidence was foundat last: a copy of John of Balliol‘s words of homage and of feudalrecognition to Edward I. Becausethese words had been formally drawnup by a notary publictheyconstituted firm and not-readilycontrovertible evidence.” — HuntJaninMedieval JusticeCases and Laws in FranceEngland and Germany500-15002004 

There are two sisters…. Eachpossesses a ferociously ‘true‘ versionof a shared childhood scene. All these decades later, the sisters stillcan’t agreestill won’t agree…. One sister has to be right, and one sisterhas to be wrong—the proof is controvertible.… How would you know who is telling the truth?” — Beth KephartChicago TribuneNovember 21, 2013

Did you know?
If you’re familiar with incontrovertible, you may have wondered about the existence of controvertibleBothwords are direct descendants of controvert (“to dispute or oppose by reasoning“), which dates back to 1584 in English and itself derivesfrom controversyControvertible was documented in print as early as 1610, and incontrovertible turned up around thirty years laterControversycomes to us (through Anglo-Frenchfrom the Latin controversusmeaningdisputable,” and can ultimately be traced back to the Latin contro-(“against“) and versus, the pastparticiple of vertere (“to turn“).


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