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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Synonyms & Antonyms for refutation


confutation, disconfirmation, disproof, rebuttal



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Examples of refutation in a Sentence

these are hard scientific facts against which there can be no reasonable refutation

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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 Holding law enforcement accountable is the best refutation of the authoritarian temptation, with its mocking of our insistence on due process, elections and respect for individual rights. Holman W. Jenkins, WSJ, "‘Trust but Verify’ Applies to the FBI," 13 Apr. 2018 Four days later the paper published John E. Washington’s refutation. Kate Masur, Smithsonian, "How One Amateur Historian Brought Us the Stories of African-Americans Who Knew Abraham Lincoln," 20 Feb. 2018 Critics seized on the moment as a refutation of the argument from Cohn and others that the tax package’s benefits will trickle down to a broad base of Americans. Tory Newmyer, Washington Post, "The Finance 202: Rubio’s last stand highlights tax bill’s corporate skew," 15 Dec. 2017 Throughout its history, Star Wars has placed a high premium on progress and diversity—from Princess Leia, a spirited, gun-toting refutation of fairy-tale type, to the cadre of multicultural fighters who ensure the Death Star’s collapse in Rogue One. Peyton Thomas, HWD, "What Will It Take to Get a Gay Character in Star Wars?," 12 Dec. 2017 Trump defenders have not mounted a point-by-point refutation, just a generalized dismissal, on the rationale that some likely misinformation and many unconfirmed claims render the dossier so tainted that it should be deemed totally bogus. Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, "Did the DOJ Misuse the Steele Dossier — to Spy on the Trump Campaign?," 9 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of refutation

1536, in the meaning defined above

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