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Controvert

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.

controvert

verb abjure, abnegate, abrogate, answer conclusively, argue, argue the case, argue the point, attack, confute, contend against in discussion, contradict, contradict absolutely, contravene, counter, debate, defeat, deny, disaffirm, disagree with, disallow, disclaim, discuss, dismiss, disprove, dispute, give denial to, make a rejoinder, negate, oppose, overwhelm, rebuff, rebut, refellere, refutare, refute, repudiate
Associated concepts: controverted question of fact, controoerting plea
See also: answer, argue, bicker, challenge, collide, conflict, confront, contest, contradict, cross, debate, demonstrate, demur, deny, disaccord, disaffirm, disagree, disallow, disapprove, disown, disprove, dispute, gainsay, impugn, negate, object, oppose, oppugn, protest, rebut, refute, reject, reply
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His posture--flat upon his back, with his hands crossed upon his stomach and tied with something that he easily broke without profitably altering the situation--the strict confinement of his entire person, the black darkness and profound silence, made a body of evidence impossible to controvert and he accepted it without cavil.
Nobody attempting to controvert this position, he took a small brown-paper parcel out of his hat, and putting on a pair of horn spectacles (the writing being crabbed) read the direction half-a-dozen times over; having done which, he consigned the parcel to its old place, put up his spectacles again, and stared at everybody in turn.
Madam," cries Sophia, "I have never presumed to controvert any opinion of yours; and this subject, as I said, I have never yet thought of, and perhaps never may.
I shall show you that, on many occasions, he gave halfpence, and on some occasions even sixpences, to her little boy; and I shall prove to you, by a witness whose testimony it will be impossible for my learned friend to weaken or controvert, that on one occasion he patted the boy on the head, and, after inquiring whether he had won any "ALLEY TORS" or "COMMONEYS" lately (both of which I understand to be a particular species of marbles much prized by the youth of this town), made use of this remarkable expression, "How should you like to have another father?
The change -- a breathtaking act of petty politics -- controverts the very spirit and intent of the GST.
The locational and institutional embeddedness of the global economy in the national space as well as emergent national class affiliations and loyalty on a cross-border scale in globalism controverts the theory of state compartmentalization in the doctrine of domicile.
127) Nevertheless, EM surveillance, like other lauded "alternatives to incarceration," clearly controverts this fundamental goal.