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

transitive verb

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

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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Word History


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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of disprove was in the 14th century

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“Disprove.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disprove. Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


dis·​prove (ˈ)dis-ˈprüv How to pronounce disprove (audio)
: to prove to be false

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