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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Of the many simple truths in the world, Hank Scott picked an especially stubborn one to disprove: That nobody likes flying in the middle seat. Alex Davies, WIRED, "This Neat Design Could Make a Plane’s Middle Seats Tolerable," 10 July 2019 Hoping to disprove Internet critics, the family went on to post YouTube videos and additional images of the cat, which resulted in Internet superstardom. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Grumpy Cat Has Passed Away," 17 May 2019 The police cannot disprove that Perry succumbed by someone’s hand. Doreen St. Félix, The New Yorker, "“Big Little Lies” Season 2, Reviewed: Meryl, Meryl, Meryl," 9 June 2019 New circumstances can disprove what once seemed so clear. Rob Mahoney, SI.com, "Serge Ibaka Seizes His Finals Moment in Raptors' Game 4 Win," 8 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 | Csheets@al.com, al.com, "After losing reelection, these Alabama sheriffs took it out on their successors - and the public," 12 June 2019 The new soft tissue discoveries could help cement or disprove this theory. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "A 150-Year Old Weird Ancient Animal Mystery, Solved," 22 Feb. 2019 By potentially disproving modified gravity theories that suggest gravity acts in a way that the cosmos makes sense without dark matter. Seth Borenstein, chicagotribune.com, "Astronomers baffled by distant galaxy devoid of dark matter," 28 Mar. 2018 There has been some evidence that A. wingei might have been an herbivorous variety of Arctotherium, but that's been difficult to prove or disprove without evidence. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Divers Found Giant Bear and Wolf Remains in an Underwater Cave," 2 May 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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