What does the word controversial mean?

Usage examples for controversial

  1. But since that action was conditioned by the circumstances preceding the war- since in two notable ways it aimed at a solution of the fierce political struggle which the war interrupted- the political history connected with the passage of the Home Rule Bill through Parliament must be outlined in detail, with avoidance, so far as may be, of a controversial tone. – John Redmond's Last Years by Stephen Gwynn
  2. You were meant by nature for the sunshine and the summer; you shall not be worried and chilled and killed with doses of heterodox political economy and controversial ethics. – Philistia by Grant Allen
  3. Freeman lived, and loved, the controversial life. – The Life of Froude by Herbert Paul