Controvert

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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.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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Words were often troped as swords, and rhetoric was understood as a weapon, Jonson comments ironically, "Some Controverters in Divinity are like Swaggerers in a Taverne, that catch that which stands next them, the candlesticke, or pots; turn every thing into a weapon" (Timber or Discoveries, vol.