ref·​u·​ta·​tion ˌre-fyu̇-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce refutation (audio)
: the act or process of refuting

Examples of refutation in a Sentence

these are hard scientific facts against which there can be no reasonable refutation
Recent Examples on the Web Image Told in an subsequent interview of the Coast Guard refutation, Dr. McLaren speculated on the fraud’s motive. William J. Broad, New York Times, 10 June 2024 By this point, there’s no need to rehash its difficult production: What matters is what’s on the screen, a tale of how a wayward son (Al Pacino) discovers that his mild refutations of his family’s dark business are ultimately just talk. Will Leitch, Vulture, 11 Mar. 2024 The last year has been not a refutation of a world of rivalry, great-power competition, or spheres of influence, as some have described it, but rather a demonstration of what all these look like in practice. Emma Ashford, Foreign Affairs, 20 Feb. 2023 Despite the different approach between TRCs and the traditional victims’ rights movement, TRC staff and supporters see the centers as not a refutation, but an evolution. Allen Arthur, The Christian Science Monitor, 11 Mar. 2024 See all Example Sentences for refutation 

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Word History

First Known Use

1536, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of refutation was in 1536

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“Refutation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

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ref·​u·​ta·​tion ˌref-yu̇-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce refutation (audio)
: the act or process of refuting : disproof

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