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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.


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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Ruusbroec's writings were not merely irenic meditations on the life of prayer, but were theologically crafted to controvert any notion (such as that held by the Brethren of the Free Spirit) that contemplative union surmounts the ontological distinction between creature and Creator and therefore the intrinsically mediational (sacramental and ecclesial) character of the Christian spiritual life.
Prior to January 1, 1994, failure to contemporaneously raise a Social Security offset at the time of the controvert may result in the employer/carrier waiving the right to offset these benefits if the benefits are later paid voluntarily or by court order.
More fundamentally, does it controvert America's principles?
So social media can be used to verify claims as well as to controvert or shoot them down if fraud is discovered.
However, the genetic correlation between EMA and DAYS90 were all high and negative, which again controvert to the estimates by Chen et al.
We will controvert it in the House with facts and figures" said he.
Nasrallah's insistence on supporting the regime of Bashar al-Assad stems from his realization that the ouster of Assad would controvert Hezbollah's policies in Lebanon and its plans abroad, and would weaken its stances and influence, forcing it to politically reposition itself, and seek moderation in dialogue and the demands made on its rivals.
In addition, the patient did not controvert the evidence from the defendants' expert that Dr.
Miller's evidence did not controvert Hotze's affidavit and failed to raise a fact issue.
It seemed as if his first instinct on hearing a proposition was to controvert it".
I do not want to say anything to controvert anyone saying anything on the bill," he added.
This "finding" seems to controvert the results of the last JVIB readers' survey, in which the majority of respondents indicated that they felt the journal published too much research and shared their wishes for more practice-oriented articles.