refute

verb
re·​fute | \ ri-ˈfyüt How to pronounce refute (audio) \
refuted; refuting

Definition of refute

transitive verb

1 : to prove wrong by argument or evidence : show to be false or erroneous
2 : to deny the truth or accuracy of refuted the allegations

Other Words from refute

refutable \ ri-​ˈfyü-​tə-​bəl How to pronounce refute (audio) \ adjective
refutably \ ri-​ˈfyü-​tə-​blē How to pronounce refute (audio) \ adverb
refuter noun

Examples of refute in a Sentence

But for every study that shows acid rain is damaging frogs, another one refutes it. — Emily Yoffe, New York Times Magazine, 13 Dec. 1992 And it violates the basic tenet of historical method: that the historian be alert to the negative instances that would refute his thesis and to alternative explanations that would be more plausible than his own. — Gertrude Himmelfarb, The New History and the Old, 1987 It is not necessary to refute such an argument point by point … — Denis Goulet, Center Magazine, May 1969 We refute these aspersions whether they come from our best friends or our worst foes. — Sir Winston Churchill, address in House of Commons, 18 Jan. 1945, in Nathan Aus, ed., Voices of History 1945–461946 The lawyer refuted the testimony of the witness. He refutes the notion that he's planning to retire soon. She refuted the allegations against her. See More
Recent Examples on the Web Some believe Sarandos thinks that viewers get bored and tune out after that many episodes, though those close to him refute this. Matt Donnelly, Variety, 21 June 2022 In an apparent attempt to refute such rumors, the Hebei police said in the statement the suspects fled the scene at 2.47 a.m. -- seven minutes after the assault started; and at 2.55 a.m., the four victims were sent to hospital by ambulance. Nectar Gan And Cnn's Beijing Bureau, CNN, 21 June 2022 President Biden has said he was not involved in the business dealings of his son and brother, and there has been no evidence that has emerged to refute this. Catherine Herridge, Graham Kates, CBS News, 13 June 2022 But our study, using the largest research cohort of Latinos in the United States, seems to refute the paradox. Olveen Carrasquillo, The Conversation, 8 June 2022 Shortly after the initial reports linked Howard to the Lakers, his wife, Jenine, shared on Twitter a message that appeared to refute the idea of her husband’s candidacy. Michael Cohen, USA TODAY, 22 May 2022 Shortly after the initial reports linked Howard to the Lakers, his wife, Jenine, shared on Twitter a message that appeared to refute the idea of her husband’s candidacy. Michael Cohen, Detroit Free Press, 22 May 2022 One way to approach this is to ask: What is Ghost World trying to refute? Ling Ma, The Atlantic, 16 May 2022 In a plot twist that unfolded after court adjourned last Thursday, makeup company Milani Cosmetics issued a statement via social media that appeared to refute one key allegation made by Heard’s legal team. Tatiana Siegel, Rolling Stone, 25 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of refute

1545, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for refute

Latin refutare to check, suppress, refute

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26 Jun 2022

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refute

verb
re·​fute | \ ri-ˈfyüt How to pronounce refute (audio) \
refuted; refuting

Kids Definition of refute

: to say or prove that something is wrong or untrue He refuted the accusation against him.

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