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 \ -​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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The inspector general does not exist to disprove presidential conspiracy theories, or even legitimize them by investigating them in the first place. Murray Waas, Vox, "Exclusive: Trump loyalist Matthew Whitaker was counseling the White House on investigating Clinton," 9 Nov. 2018 This whole notion of elections, or voting fraud -- this is something that has constantly been disproved. Fox News, "Ingraham: The defenders of lawlessness," 2 Aug. 2018 And the fact that, long after this notion has been disproved, the belief persists. Kristen Bellstrom, Fortune, "Sheryl Sandberg, Women House Record: Broadsheet May 6th," 6 Apr. 2018 Of course, the easier path of backdooring motherboards with firmware in no way disproves the Bloomberg claims of hardware implants. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "If Supermicro boards were so bug-ridden, why would hackers ever need implants?," 11 Oct. 2018 Scientists disprove the claim with the more detailed graph 2 (below). Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "Debunking the 9/11 Myths: Special Report - The World Trade Center," 10 Sep. 2018 McAuliffe, rumored to be considering a 2020 run for president, disproved of Trump’s special relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Frank Miles, Fox News, "Clinton ally McAuliffe, ex-Va. governor, questions whether Trump should be impeached," 12 Aug. 2018 As a matter of law and fact, Ms. Ford’s accusation can be neither proved nor disproved. Daniel Henninger, WSJ, "What Democrats Have Become," 19 Sep. 2018 Is the burden of proving this on Dr. Ford, or is the burden of disproving this on Judge Kavanaugh? Fox News, "Kennedy: Kavanaugh is firm that allegation didn't happen," 18 Sep. 2018

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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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