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Build your vocabulary with Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day! Each day a Merriam-Webster editor offers insight into a fascinating new word -- explaining its meaning, current use, and little-known details about its origin.



January 27th, 2015

Episode 89 of 923 episodes

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for January 27, 2015 is: incontrovertible \in-kahn-truh-VER-tuh-bul\ adjective : not open to question : indisputable Examples: The manager presented the clerk's time card as incontrovertible evidence that the employee had been late for work all five days the previous week. "No matter where you are on the political spectrum, the midterm elections produced one incontrovertible factthere are more women in Congress than ever before." Editorial Board, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, November 16, 2014 Did you know? If something is indisputable, it's incontrovertible. But if it is open to question, is it controvertible? It sure is. The antonyms controvertible and incontrovertible are both derivatives of the verb controvert (meaning "to dispute or oppose by reasoning"), which is itself a spin-off of controversy. And what is the source of all of these controversial terms? The Latin adjective controversus, which literally means "turned against."

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