disprove

verb dis·prove \ (ˌ)dis-ˈprüv \
Updated on: 10 Nov 2017

Definition of disprove

transitive verb
:to prove to be false or wrong :refute
  • disprove a theory

disprovable

play \-ˈprü-və-bəl\ adjective

Examples of disprove in a Sentence

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

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Origin and Etymology of disprove

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


DISPROVE Defined for English Language Learners

disprove

verb

Definition of disprove for English Language Learners

  • : to show that (something) is false or wrong


DISPROVE Defined for Kids

disprove

verb dis·prove \ dis-ˈprüv \

Definition of disprove for Students

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


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