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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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 Nadler cautions, however, that the study can’t disprove any theories about testosterone’s impact on the developing brain. Emily Underwood, Science | AAAS, "Study challenges idea that autism is caused by an overly masculine brain," 3 Sep. 2019 By Claims In Divorce Filing Omar has denied marrying her brother but has refused to provide documentation disproving it. Dave Orrick, The Mercury News, "Ilhan Omar under scrutiny: Her marriage, her campaign finances, a death threat," 29 Aug. 2019 Gun-safety advocates countered that recent elections disproved that point. Kristina Peterson, WSJ, "Democrats Introduce Bill Expanding Background Checks on Gun Sales," 8 Jan. 2019 The name change, advocated for by both the Greek and Macedonia prime minister, means that Greece will no longer disprove of Macedonia joining NATO and the European Union. Editors, USA TODAY, "Scorching weather, Father's Day and World Cup group stage: 5 things to know this weekend," 16 June 2018 Omar has denied marrying her brother but has refused to provide documentation disproving it. Dave Orrick, Twin Cities, "Ilhan Omar under scrutiny: First marriage, then fidelity, now a federal campaign complaint. And a State Fair death threat.," 28 Aug. 2019 Right-of-center opposition politicians chided the center-left Socialist government for the rules on Thursday, with some disproving lawmakers asking the Constitutional Court to intervene. Barry Hatton, San Diego Union-Tribune, "New school transgender rules fire debate in Portugal," 22 Aug. 2019 Now that negative rates prevail across Europe, this theory has been disproved. The Economist, "Austria’s 100-year bond has delivered stunning returns," 12 Sep. 2019 Saturday will be their first chance to disprove that notion and back up all the offseason talk. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan football vs. Middle Tennessee State: Scouting report, prediction," 30 Aug. 2019

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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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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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