dis·prove | \(ˌ)dis-ˈprüv \

Definition of disprove 

transitive verb

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

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disprovable \-ˈprü-və-bəl \ 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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Smith went point by point through the president's claims, disproving every one. Luke Darby, GQ, "Fox News Anchor Shep Smith Said Roseanne Is Racist and Her Show Deserved to Be Canceled," 30 May 2018 But in the United States, the population of unauthorized immigrants is declining, disproving one of Mr. Trump’s core claims to power. Eduardo Porter, New York Times, "Is the Populist Revolt Over? Not if Robots Have Their Way," 30 Jan. 2018 Unfortunately, Louise Frogley is here to disprove that theory. refinery29.com, "Ant-Man & The Wasp's Costume Designer Spills Insider Secrets," 10 July 2018 With stories Verificado is able to check, such as the one about the Nazi ties of López Obrador's wife, its team writes an article disproving the story. chicagotribune.com, "Facebook's battle against fake news reaches Mexico ahead of July 1 election," 23 June 2018 The defense did not have evidence to disprove this claim, Geiger said. Marilyn Icsman, Cincinnati.com, "Juror's letter to Kasich prompts second clemency hearing for Cincinnati killer on death row," 14 June 2018 The White House said the records, covering recent years, disprove the allegations. Joseph Weber, Fox News, "Trump calls on Tester to resign over Ronny Jackson allegations: ‘His reputation has been shattered’," 28 Apr. 2018 Covelli said a video-surveillance recording disproved Guzman’s allegations. Jim Newton, Lake County News-Sun, "Lake County jail inmate charged with falsely accusing corrections officer of groping her," 10 July 2018 Later, even though Moore offered a grand total of zero evidence that disproved the women's claims, Trump endorsed the Alabama Republican and held a campaign-style rally just across the Alabama border days before the vote. Chris Cillizza, CNN, "ABC just took a moral stand on Roseanne. Spoiler alert: Donald Trump won't.," 29 May 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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English Language Learners Definition of disprove

: to show that (something) is false or wrong


dis·prove | \dis-ˈprüv \
disproved; disproving

Kids Definition of disprove

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

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