ir·​re·​fut·​able | \ ˌir-i-ˈfyü-tə-bəl How to pronounce irrefutable (audio) ; i-ˈre-fyə-tə-, ˌi(r)- How to pronounce irrefutable (audio) \

Definition of irrefutable

: impossible to refute : incontrovertible irrefutable proof

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irrefutability \ ˌir-​i-​ˌfyü-​tə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce irrefutable (audio) ; i-​ˌre-​fyə-​tə-​ , ˌi(r)-​ \ noun
irrefutably \ ˌir-​i-​ˈfyü-​tə-​blē How to pronounce irrefutable (audio) ; i-​ˈre-​fyə-​tə-​ , ˌi(r)-​ \ adverb

Examples of irrefutable in a Sentence

There is irrefutable evidence that he committed these crimes. the irrefutable reply of “Because I like it!”
Recent Examples on the Web As Virginia Postrel has argued, this failure provided irrefutable evidence for Milton Friedman’s contention that inflation was not a function of external events, but a product of bad monetary policy. Daniel Casse, WSJ, "The Future Turns 50 This Year," 1 Jan. 2021 But the larger idea — that the coronavirus is spread when people interact in close proximity to one another — is irrefutable, Kim-Farley said. Los Angeles Times, "Guy Fieri and many others hate outdoor restaurant ban. Here’s why some experts say it’s essential," 11 Dec. 2020 But irrefutable evidence was provided through the all-seeing witness of the zoo’s panda cam. Washington Post, "He does it: National Zoo’s panda cub takes first steps," 5 Dec. 2020 The following day, the Pac-12 issued a statement indicating that no irrefutable evidence to overturn the call existed. John Canzano, oregonlive, "Canzano: Pac-12 Conference officiating under the microscope," 2 Dec. 2020 These organizations are rightfully fastidious about requiring irrefutable data. WSJ, "Treating Covid Patients Effectively and Safely," 2 Dec. 2020 Coronavirus cases are surging in every competitive state before Election Day, offering irrefutable evidence against President Trump’s closing argument that the pandemic is nearly over and restrictions are no longer necessary. Washington Post, "Coronavirus cases are on the rise in every swing state," 30 Oct. 2020 Instant Replay, after reviewing all available camera angles, determined that there was not irrefutable video evidence to change the ruling on the field. oregonlive, "Pac-12 says there is no indisputable video evidence to overturn Oregon State’s fourth-down ruling against Washington," 15 Nov. 2020 But the government waited until the upward curve was irrefutable. Colleen Barry, Star Tribune, "Italian hospitals face breaking point in fall virus surge," 12 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of irrefutable

1607, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for irrefutable

Late Latin irrefutabilis, from Latin in- + refutare to refute

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The first known use of irrefutable was in 1607

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16 Jan 2021

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“Irrefutable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of irrefutable

formal : not able to be proved wrong : not capable of being refuted


ir·​re·​fut·​able | \ ˌir-i-ˈfyü-tə-bəl How to pronounce irrefutable (audio) , i-ˈre-fyə- \

Kids Definition of irrefutable

: impossible to prove wrong : indisputable irrefutable proof

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