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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Their work is subtle — a refutation of Penrose’s original statement of the strong cosmic censorship conjecture, but not a complete denial of its spirit. Quanta Magazine, "Mathematicians Disprove Conjecture Made to Save Black Holes," 17 May 2018 The truth of those claims and refutations will be further sought in the courtroom. Jerome Groopman, The New York Review of Books, "Medicine in the Gray Zone," 9 May 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 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

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First Known Use of refutation

1536, in the meaning defined above

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