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refute

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verb, re·fute \ri-ˈfyüt\

Simple Definition of refute

  • : to prove that (something) is not true

  • : to say that (something) is not true

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of refute

refutedrefuting

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to prove wrong by argument or evidence :  show to be false or erroneous

  3. 2 :  to deny the truth or accuracy of <refuted the allegations>

refutable play \-ˈfyü-tə-bəl\ adjective
refutably play \-blē\ adverb
refuter noun

Examples of refute in a sentence

  1. But for every study that shows acid rain is damaging frogs, another one refutes it. —Emily Yoffe, New York Times Magazine, 13 Dec. 1992

  2. And it violates the basic tenet of historical method: that the historian be alert to the negative instances that would refute his thesis and to alternative explanations that would be more plausible than his own. —Gertrude Himmelfarb, The New History and the Old, 1987

  3. It is not necessary to refute such an argument point by point … —Denis Goulet, Center Magazine, May 1969

  4. We refute these aspersions whether they come from our best friends or our worst foes. —Sir Winston Churchill, address in House of Commons, 18 Jan. 1945, in Nathan Aus, ed., Voices of History 1945–46, 1946

  5. The lawyer refuted the testimony of the witness.

  6. He refutes the notion that he's planning to retire soon.

  7. She refuted the allegations against her.



Origin of refute

Latin refutare to check, suppress, refute


First Known Use: 1545


REFUTE Defined for Kids

refute

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verb re·fute \ri-ˈfyüt\

Definition of refute for Students

refutedrefuting

  1. :  to say or prove that something is wrong or untrue <He refuted the accusation against him.>





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