verb \(ˌ)dis-ˈprüv\

: to show that (something) is false or wrong

Full Definition of DISPROVE

transitive verb
:  to prove to be false or wrong :  refute <disprove a theory>
dis·prov·able \-ˈprü-və-bəl\ adjective

Examples of DISPROVE

  1. <Magellan's circumnavigation of the globe disproved any lingering notions that the earth is flat.>

Origin of DISPROVE

Middle English, from Anglo-French desprover, from des- dis- + prover to prove
First Known Use: 14th century


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