disprove

verb
dis·​prove | \ (ˌ)dis-ˈprüv How to pronounce disprove (audio) \
disproved; disproving; disproves

Definition of disprove

transitive verb

: to prove to be false or wrong : refute disprove a theory

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Other Words from disprove

disprovable \ (ˌ)dis-​ˈprü-​və-​bəl How to pronounce disprovable (audio) \ adjective

Examples of disprove in a Sentence

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

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Also, has the rule of thumb story about wife-beating been authoritatively disproved, or not? Richard Lederer, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Weighing the pros and cons of political correctness," 10 Aug. 2019 Thankfully, that line was disproved over the course of the first issue last month. Christian Holub, EW.com, "5 comics to read this August: Epic battles on fallen worlds," 2 Aug. 2019 Though quickly disproved, the claim gained immediate traction in Iran, which backs the Houthis in the conflict. Jon Gambrell, Fox News, "AP Analysis: Yemen rebel threats to Dubai show danger looms," 31 Aug. 2018 Fichot and Perina were both accused of violence and were able to disprove the claims. Simon Denyer, Washington Post, "Parental child abduction becomes a diplomatic embarrassment for Japan ahead of G-7," 22 Aug. 2019 The company also declined to comment when asked about the numerous accredited studies published in the past that disprove a causal link between violent videogames and violent acts. Nick Romano, EW.com, "Walmart instructs stores to remove ads for violent videogames after shootings," 9 Aug. 2019 Editors tend to choose reviewers who have read the same body of literature, Sugimoto adds, and may be oblivious to valid work disproving their viewpoint. Sarah Wild, Quartz Africa, "How long-discredited “race science” research got published from two South African universities," 29 July 2019 Switzer completed the run in 4 hours 20 minutes, disproving claims that women were too frail to run long distances. The Economist, "For women, running is still an act of defiance," 28 June 2019 All the former sheriffs who responded to a reporter’s inquiries denied wrongdoing, often insulting their successor or providing a counternarrative aimed at disproving the claims. Connor Sheets, ProPublica, "Wasted Funds, Destroyed Property: How Sheriffs Undermined Their Successors After Losing Reelection," 12 June 2019

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First Known Use of disprove

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for disprove

Middle English, from Anglo-French desprover, from des- dis- + prover to prove

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disprove

verb

English Language Learners Definition of disprove

: to show that (something) is false or wrong

disprove

verb
dis·​prove | \ dis-ˈprüv How to pronounce disprove (audio) \
disproved; disproving

Kids Definition of disprove

: to show to be false or wrong Scientists disproved the theory.

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