verb re·fute \ri-ˈfyüt\

: to prove that (something) is not true

: to say that (something) is not true


Full Definition of REFUTE

transitive verb
:  to prove wrong by argument or evidence :  show to be false or erroneous
:  to deny the truth or accuracy of <refuted the allegations>
re·fut·able \-ˈfyü-tə-bəl\ adjective
re·fut·ably \-blē\ adverb
re·fut·er noun

Examples of REFUTE

  1. The lawyer refuted the testimony of the witness.
  2. He refutes the notion that he's planning to retire soon.
  3. She refuted the allegations against her.
  4. But for every study that shows acid rain is damaging frogs, another one refutes it. —Emily Yoffe, New York Times Magazine, 13 Dec. 1992

Origin of REFUTE

Latin refutare to check, suppress, refute
First Known Use: 1545

Other Logic Terms

a posteriori, connotation, corollary, inference, mutually exclusive, paradox, postulate, syllogism


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