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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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 Additional images and video footage disprove other false claims that Harris staged boarding an airplane. Nayeli Lomeli, USA TODAY, 25 May 2021 Remedial training is also given to officers in cases where Internal Affairs was unable to prove or disprove the violation. Kalia Richardson, orlandosentinel.com, 29 May 2021 The scientist isn’t out to prove something is right but to disprove something. Andy Gole, Forbes, 28 May 2021 The various possibilities aren’t easy to prove or disprove. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, 18 May 2021 Camp is working to disprove that argument and now has three stores in New York, one in Connecticut and one in Texas. Richard Kestenbaum, Forbes, 17 May 2021 The trip, which was led by Piailug and documented by National Geographic, also sought to disprove theories that Polynesia was settled accidentally by hapless sailors lost in an aimless drift. BostonGlobe.com, 15 May 2021 The trip, which was led by Mr. Piailug and documented by National Geographic, also sought to disprove theories that Polynesia had been settled accidentally by hapless sailors lost in an aimless drift. New York Times, 14 May 2021 To disprove the theory, scientists would need to show that the lamprey started out fully like a fish, then later evolved their sedentary larval form. Philip Kiefer, Popular Science, 11 Mar. 2021

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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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15 Jun 2021

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“Disprove.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disprove. Accessed 21 Jun. 2021.

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More Definitions for disprove

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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