con·​fu·​ta·​tion ˌkän-fyu̇-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce confutation (audio)
: the act or process of confuting : refutation
: something (such as an argument or statement) that confutes
confutative adjective

Examples of confutation in a Sentence

he crafted an elegant confutation to the argument that animals do not feel pain
Recent Examples on the Web Nominalism and positivism have deluged the world with vast quantities of little-read scholarship whose underlying rationale is often the confutation of the very possibility of the larger-scale intelligibility of the world. M. D. Aeschliman, National Review, 20 Feb. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of confutation was in the 15th century

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“Confutation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

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