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 Much of this disconnect stemmed from young Deb’s desire to blend in with his white, suburban New Jersey classmates—a refutation of Bengali identity that contrasted starkly with his parents’ pride in their heritage. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian Magazine, "A 2,000-Year History of Restaurants and Other New Books to Read," 24 Apr. 2020 And the larger conversation the premiere is engaging in opens up all sorts of arguments and refutations. Darren Franich,, "The Good Fight season 4 is loopy, paranoid, all over the place, and gripping: Review," 9 Apr. 2020 Could some observations from a faraway galaxy add up to a refutation of string theory? Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "NASA Experiment Weakens String Theory, but Doesn't Disprove It," 23 Mar. 2020 Bloomberg has been able to buy enough ads to make his arguments without significant refutation. Rick Klein, ABC News, "Bloomberg, Sanders pile-ons reveal Democrats' angst as race narrows: ANALYSIS," 19 Feb. 2020 So far the British monarchy, one of the last vestiges of the country’s feudal system, has proved a splendid refutation of Marxism. The Economist, "Bagehot Harry, Meghan and Marx," 14 Jan. 2020 The Rise of Skywalker is not just a thematic refutation of what came before. Eliana Dockterman, Time, "Why It's Problematic That Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Retcons the Plot of The Last Jedi," 20 Dec. 2019 Is The Mule one last ride for his old-school cowboy persona or the filmmaker's ultimate refutation of it, absurdly self-indulgent or impressively damnimg? Isaac Feldberg, Fortune, "What to Watch (and Skip) in Theaters and on Netflix This Weekend," 13 Dec. 2019 James Baker, who served as the F.B.I.’s general counsel when the Bureau conducted the investigation, welcomed Horowitz’s refutation of Trump’s long-running intimations of an F.B.I. coup. David Rohde, The New Yorker, "In Congress and at the Justice Department, a Bad Day for Fact, Fairness, and the Future," 10 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of refutation

1536, in the meaning defined above

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“Refutation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Aug. 2020.

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