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We have incontrovertible proof that the defendant is guilty.
  undeniable (obviously true—at least upon investigation)
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incontrovertible incontrovertibly
Strongly Associated with:   controversy, controversial
The meaning of this word may be easier to remember if you’re already familiar with the word controversy and know that the prefix, "in-" often means not as in  incorrect or independent.
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  • We have incontrovertible proof that the defendant is guilty.
  • The truth is incontrovertible, malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end; there it is.
    Winston Churchill
  • While the United States has presented incontrovertible evidence to each of the other five parties including Pyongyang, skepticism about U.S. evidence has been expressed publicly by the other parties, most notably Beijing.
    Balbina Hwang  --  China’s Proliferation and its Role in the North Korea Nuclear Crisis  -- 06/29/06)
  • They all talked at once ... making of unreality a possibility, then a probability, then an incontrovertible fact, as people will when their desires become words.
    William Faulkner  --  The Sound and the Fury

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  • Knowing, the deep-soul knowing that my father had, was not, in the law’s more literal mind, incontrovertible proof.
    Alice Sebold  --  The Lovely Bones
  • ...the Dossiers Secrets had been authenticated by many specialists and incontrovertibly confirmed what historians had suspected for a long time:
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • But here was seemingly incontrovertible evidence that time had passed Coke by.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Blink
  • the incontrovertible fact
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
  • His impatience makes him feel that he is, incontrovertibly, finally, an adult.
    Jhumpa Lahiri  --  The Namesake
  • It is incontrovertible as geometry in every enlightened community of minds!
    Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee  --  Inherit the Wind

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  • While my lengthy observations of your childish bickering were incontrovertibly fascinating, I was quite hoping you could help me with a piece of unfinished business.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Hollow City
  • It therefore must have seemed a safe bet, to the politicians-cum-scientists who had employed me, that a research study of wolf—caribou relationships in the Barrens would uncover incontrovertible proof with which to damn the wolf wherever he might be found, and provide a more than sufficient excuse for the adoption of a general campaign for his extirpation.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • …he had done this was very involved and enthusiastic and Cherry was getting choked up and sniffing a bit and there was more and it seemed to involve arson and bloodshed and something to do with a power saw but by that point I wasn’t hearing a word because I’d gotten the string untied and streetlights and watery rain reflections were rolling over the surface of my painting, my goldfinch, which—I knew incontrovertibly, without a doubt, before even turning to look at the verso—was real.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • I had a man in jail with almost incontrovertible evidence against him.
    James Patterson  --  1st to Die
  • I have an absolute incontrovertible belief that you are good.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Fallen Angels
  • The ladies smiled approvingly, for his lightest utterance was regarded as incontrovertible truth.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • Although his data were incontrovertible, the astronomer was severely punished for implying that God had placed mankind somewhere other than at the center of His universe.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • Yet the facts are incontrovertible.
    Stephen King  --  Carrie
  • Most liars are tripped up either because they forget what they have told or because the lie is suddenly faced with an incontrovertible truth.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • He wondered who would do it… Ron and Hermione would know what needed to be done, of course… That would have been why Dumbledore wanted him to confide in two others… so that if he fulfilled his true destiny a little early, they could carry on… Like rain on a cold window, these thoughts pattered against the hard surface of the incontrovertible truth, which was that he must die.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • I saw no advantage in calling witnesses to try to disprove something that was incontrovertible.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • They would need incontrovertible evidence.
    Milan Kundera  --  The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • In short, to bring the matter at once to a point, it was incontrovertibly evident that somebody had taken the shop and fixtures of the long-retired and forgotten Mr. Pyncheon, and was about to renew the enterprise of that departed worthy, with a different set of customers.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • Every priest knew that what we were taught in seminary had a Catholic spin put on it—yet there was an incontrovertible truth behind it.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Change of Heart
  • It proved, incontrovertibly, the disastrous effects of machinery and division of labour; the concentration of capital and land in a few hands; overproduction and crises; it pointed out the inevitable ruin of the petty bourgeois and peasant, the misery of the proletariat, the anarchy in production, the crying inequalities in the distribution of wealth, the industrial war of extermination between nations, the dissolution of old moral bonds, of the old family relations, of the old…
    Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels  --  The Communist Manifesto
  • And now he knew, incontrovertibly.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • They claim they have incontrovertible evidence that Svensson has an antivirus in his possession.
    Ted Dekker  --  Red: The Heroic Rescue
  • Over and over, he returned to the same impossible, incontrovertible fact: he was the leader of the Varden.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Inheritance
  • I yelled, and when I finally caught him and pried open his jaws, I found the incontrovertible evidence of his guilt.
    John Grogan  --  Marley & Me
  • He would have liked to blurt out the truth in one overwhelming, incontrovertible statement; but the truth was not like that.
    Doris Lessing  --  The Grass is Singing
  • These incontrovertible figures had been the occupation of every moment of his leisure since he had lost his money, and were destined to afford him consolation to the end of his days.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • The validity of ecclesiastical science— which can be summarized in Saint Augustine’s statement: ’I believe, that I may understand’—is absolutely incontrovertible.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • But again, amidst the incontrovertible facts just recorded, one more, equally significant, rose up to confront the family; and this was, that the eldest daughter, Alexandra, had imperceptibly arrived at her twenty-fifth birthday.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Idiot
  • And no doubt the children, in their disturbed and guilty state, were almost ready to believe this; he had been remote enough to be anything and, anyway, the shock of the incontrovertible, that it was really our father lying up there in that casket, prepared the mind for anything.
    James Baldwin  --  Notes of a Native Son
  • "We couldn’t use it even if you came back with incontrovertible proof that it was Wennerström who strangled the girl.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • We have incontrovertible evidence, as well as a confession from the unit’s director."
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest
  • " It hung, incontrovertible as a flat-iron, between the thumb and first finger of the man’s left hand.
    John Gardner  --  The Sunlight Dialogues
  • Marley just might have gotten away with it had I not found incontrovertible evidence of his guilt when I went on poop patrol the next morning.
    John Grogan  --  Marley & Me
  • Incontrovertible facts prove this assertion.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Idiot
  • He had said nothing; but his head had looked so incontrovertibly imposing, the play of features and gestures had been so definitive, compelling.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • Like so many cold, weak people, when faced at last by the incontrovertible disaster she exhumed from somewhere a sort of fortitude, strength.
    William Faulkner  --  The Sound and the Fury
  • …house to accept and retain human life; as though houses actually possess a sentience, a personality and character acquired not from the people who breathe or have breathed in them so much as rather inherent in the wood and brick or begotten upon the wood and brick by the man or men who conceived and built them—in this one an incontrovertible affirmation for emptiness, desertion; an insurmountable resistance to occupancy save when sanctioned and protected by the ruthless and the strong.
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
  • In short, it was a good plan, indeed incontrovertible; and if there seemed to be something uncanny and frivolous, sinister and mad about it, that was due simply to the skewed fanaticism with which the erstwhile artist pursued and advocated his one and only economic plan—which he evidently did not take seriously enough to make even the least attempt to put into action.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • …of furtiveness in it nor even defiance, who doubtless tasted the food, criticised its quality or cooking, chewed and swallowed it and felt it digest yet still clung to that delusion, that calm incorrigible insistence that that which all incontrovertible evidence tells her is so does not exist, as women can; —that same self deluding which declined to admit that the liquidation of the store had left her something, that she had been left anything but a complete pauper, who would not…
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
  • It required no effort of imagination for Hans Castorp to share in the tenor’s ecstasy and gratitude, but as he sat there with folded hands, staring at the little black louvers, from between whose slats this all burst forth, ultimately what he felt, understood, and relished was the victorious ideality of music, of art, of human emotions, their sublime and incontrovertible ability to gloss over the crude horrors of reality.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • Whereupon Naphta felt obliged to offer cold, caustic proof—and his proof was almost blindingly incontrovertible—that the Church was the embodiment of the religious, ascetic ideal, and at her core not even remotely an advocate or supporter of forces whose concern was to maintain themselves: worldly education and civil authority, for instance; rather, from time immemorial the Church had inscribed radical overthrow upon her banner—destruction, root and branch.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • Instead of aiming at a comprehensive—but usually elusive—solution, it is usually best to tackle, first and energetically, incontrovertible institutional errors.
    Edited by:  Richard A. Epstein and Michael S. Greve  --  AEI Book Summary of: Competition Laws in Conflict  --,filter.all/book_detail2.asp(retrieved 06/29/06)
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