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.
Recent Examples on the Web The latest Swedish numbers do not prove or disprove anything. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, "The Capital Note: Debt, Windfalls, and Disaster," 14 Sep. 2020 Coastal Elites does little to disprove that conclusion. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "The Dangerous Naïveté of Coastal Elites," 12 Sep. 2020 Trans exclusionary radical feminists (typically white women) go out of their way to try to disprove trans womanhood and chase us out of the women’s rights movement (looking at you, J.K. Rowling). Ashlee Marie Preston, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Anatomy of Transmisogynoir," 9 Sep. 2020 Recently, redditor /u/Amaroko set out to prove or disprove earlier netizens' findings. Jim Salter, Ars Technica, "Western Digital is trying to redefine the word “RPM”," 7 Sep. 2020 What’s more, Trump’s efforts to disprove those concerns often end up amplifying them. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "The Republicans’ Absurd Quest to Turn Biden Into Trump," 2 Sep. 2020 Dice that are connected by an edge represent tiles that are connected without sharing a face — exactly the kind of tiling arrangement needed to disprove Keller’s conjecture. Quanta Magazine, "Computer Search Settles 90-Year-Old Math Problem," 19 Aug. 2020 This claim is hard to prove, but also hard to disprove, since changes in the carbon content of pasture soils over wide areas are difficult to measure with confidence. Robert Paarlberg, Wired, "Foodies and Factory Farmers Have Formed an Unholy Alliance," 11 Aug. 2020 It’s Portnoy’s role to help prove or disprove the theory that these hammerheads might actually be a new lineage of shark. Jeanne Jakle, ExpressNews.com, "Discovery Channel’s Shark Week has competition this summer from Sharkest on Nat Geo Wild," 6 Aug. 2020

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

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18 Sep 2020

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“Disprove.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disprove. Accessed 20 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of disprove

: to show that (something) is false or wrong


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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