irrefutable

adjective
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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Other Words from irrefutable

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

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Nixon was brought down in part by historically great reporting of irrefutable facts that even Nixon’s loyal base could not ignore or defend. Gary Abernathy, The Denver Post, "Commentary: Good journalism is gasping for air," 24 June 2019 Both had irrefutable signs of suffering: The emaciated elephant had a bent, swollen leg hanging in the air and a large, bleeding sore at his temple. Natasha Daly, National Geographic, "Suffering unseen: The dark truth behind wildlife tourism," 12 June 2019 Now, psychologists and other scientists studying interrogation methods and false confessions are placing more scrutiny on a piece of evidence once held as irrefutable in a court of law. Alex Fox, Science | AAAS, "Top stories: The science of false confessions, transforming blood types, and Brazil’s war on drugs," 14 June 2019 After so much talk of reform and the moral high ground staked out by the Rice Commission, NCAA president Mark Emmert cannot let programs go unpunished when there is irrefutable proof of violations. Jon Wilner, The Mercury News, "As the NCAA readies its case, Arizona should brace for the worst (just ask USC)," 13 June 2019 The Assad regime, too, has created irrefutable evidence of its crimes, though these images may be less familiar. Susie Linfield, The New York Review of Books, "Syria’s Torture Photos: Witness to Atrocity," 9 Feb. 2019 That said, if due process is followed -- and if there is irrefutable proof -- there is room to carry out extraditions for crimes committed after the signing of the accord. Taylor Barnes And Susannah Cullinane, CNN, "Colombia arrests key negotiator in FARC peace deal on drug trafficking charge," 10 Apr. 2018 There is irrefutable data showing that exercise is good for you, regardless of your age, gender, physical abilities or medical conditions. Ranit Mishori, Washington Post, "To push patients to be healthier, some doctors write exercise prescriptions," 10 Mar. 2018 So what is the irrefutable proof of a successful emotional life? Brendan Tapley, Woman's Day, "10 Things Men Wish Women Knew About the Way They Think," 6 Nov. 2018

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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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irrefutable

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of irrefutable

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

irrefutable

adjective
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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