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Controversy

Con´tro`ver`sy
n.1.Contention; dispute; debate; discussion; agitation of contrary opinions.
This left no room for controversy about the title.
- Locke.
A dispute is commonly oral, and a controversy in writing.
- Johnson.
2.Quarrel; strife; cause of variance; difference.
The Lord hath a controversy with the nations.
- Jer. xxv. 31.
3.A suit in law or equity; a question of right.
When any man that had a controversy came to the king for judgment.
- 2 Sam. xv. 2.
Noun1.Controversycontroversy - a contentious speech act; a dispute where there is strong disagreement; "they were involved in a violent argument"

CONTROVERSY. A dispute arising between two or more persons. It differs from case, which includes all suits criminal as well as civil; whereas controversy is a civil and not a criminal proceeding. 2 Dall. R. 419, 431, 432; 1 Tuck. Bl. Com. App. 420, 421; Story, Const. Sec. 1668.
     2. By the constitution of the United States the judicial power shall extend to controversies to which the United States shall be a party. Art. 2, 1. The meaning to be attached to the word controversy in the constitution, is that above given.

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