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 The road to a full proof — or refutation — of string universality is long. Quanta Magazine, "In Fake Universes, Evidence for String Theory," 18 Feb. 2015 Now, with the refutation of the triangulation conjecture, mathematicians are rushing to learn how to use Manolescu’s powerful tool. Quanta Magazine, "A Proof That Some Spaces Can’t Be Cut," 13 Jan. 2015 Initially this was a refutation of the idea of mercantilism that had dominated European policy in the 1600s and 1700s. Edward Lotterman, Twin Cities, "Real World Economics: ‘Inflation is solved’? Don’t bank on it," 28 July 2019 This perception is not new, but there’s a sharper edge now to Amazon’s refutations of these claims. Shira Ovide,, "Amazon tries to prove it’s not a Dickensian workhouse," 11 July 2019 Blewett offered a point-by-point refutation of Take Back Oak Lawn’s statement, saying was committed to advocating for LGBTQ issues and was happy to meet with anyone to discuss issues. Corbett Smith, Dallas News, "Fight intensifies in second round of East Dallas City Council race between David Blewett, Philip Kingston," 6 June 2019 Zombies are a toothy refutation of happy endings, though not always of funny ones. Noah Berlatsky, The Verge, "Why zombies are so hilarious," 5 Dec. 2018 But the resurgence of the industry is a refutation of those who predicted that the post-crisis regulations would hamstring banks and damp the economy. Peter Eavis, New York Times, "What Stress? It's Good to Be a Bank," 22 June 2018 Trump intended those remarks as a refutation of the concerns and complaints of those most-outspoken members of the 2017 Eagles: Malcolm Jenkins, Chris Long, Torrey Smith, others. Mike Sielski,, "An absurd afternoon at the White House with Donald Trump, and without the Eagles | Mike Sielski," 5 June 2018

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First Known Use of refutation

1536, in the meaning defined above

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