ref·​u·​ta·​tion | \ ˌre-fyu̇-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce refutation (audio) \

Definition of refutation

: the act or process of refuting

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Examples of refutation in a Sentence

these are hard scientific facts against which there can be no reasonable refutation
Recent Examples on the Web But it is constrained by evidence, and underpinned by scientific principles of discovery, interpretation, and refutation. Kwame Anthony Appiah, The New York Review of Books, 16 Dec. 2021 In Taiwan, where many pop stars stay out of the political realm to retain access to China’s lucrative market, the song has been greeted as a refreshing, and rare, send-up of its giant neighbor’s refutation of Taiwanese sovereignty. Chris Horton, The Atlantic, 9 Nov. 2021 The most recent refutation of that promise comes in the area of trade. Noah C. Gould, National Review, 11 Oct. 2021 The 2008 election of Barack Obama to the Presidency, which inherently represented a validation of the civil-rights movement, seemed like a refutation of Bell’s arguments. Jelani Cobb, The New Yorker, 13 Sep. 2021 Wearing a bra in public is my small refutation of the myth of the motherly aesthetic. Jamilah Lemieux, Los Angeles Times, 18 Aug. 2021 The arguments against allowing athletes to capitalize on NIL rights always were absurd, and there perhaps was no better refutation of them Thursday than a photograph taken in New York City. Mike Finger, San Antonio Express-News, 1 July 2021 This refutation of Trump’s self-defense may be too esoteric to move any Republican senators, let alone the numbers needed to convict Trump. Matt Ford, The New Republic, 8 Feb. 2021 This homogenization of the arts is a refutation of the idea that capitalism produces true competition. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, 22 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of refutation

1536, in the meaning defined above

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8 Jan 2022

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“Refutation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Jan. 2022.

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