Examples of refute in a Sentence
But for every study that shows acid rain is damaging frogs, another one refutes it. —Emily Yoffe, New York Times Magazine, 13 Dec. 1992
And it violates the basic tenet of historical method: that the historian be alert to the negative instances that would refute his thesis and to alternative explanations that would be more plausible than his own. —Gertrude Himmelfarb, The New History and the Old, 1987
It is not necessary to refute such an argument point by point … —Denis Goulet, Center Magazine, May 1969
We refute these aspersions whether they come from our best friends or our worst foes. —Sir Winston Churchill, address in House of Commons, 18 Jan. 1945, in Nathan Aus, ed., Voices of History 1945–46, 1946
The lawyer refuted the testimony of the witness.
He refutes the notion that he's planning to retire soon.
She refuted the allegations against her.
Recent Examples of refute from the Web
Interim President Greg Postel, who led the lease negotiations, refuted a report that Jurich was in the dark about the lease negotiations and did not learn of the new deal's details until Wednesday night.
Both claims have been conclusively refuted by medical science.
Truitt said testimony about the sheriff's job duties and character is needed to refute allegations of corruption made by prosecutors.
His outrageous allegations on culture are refuted by the exemplary conduct and honorable service of hundreds of individuals who served in this administration over the last eight years.
The national auditor said the company understated losses by 64.2 billion rupees in the three years through March 2015, an observation refuted by the carrier.
HA: There was a very interesting editorial in the Washington Post that used the recent Supreme Court decision as a basis for refuting the idea that lawyers alone could save us in the age of Trump.
But the doctors told jurors that Morva was not delusional — a determination that later was refuted by another doctor and Morva’s new team of lawyers.
But the doctors told jurors that Morva was not delusional - a determination that later was refuted by another doctor and Morva's new team of lawyers.
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Origin and Etymology of refute
Latin refutare to check, suppress, refute
First Known Use: 1545See Words from the same year
REFUTE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of refute for English Language Learners
: to prove that (something) is not true
: to say that (something) is not true
REFUTE Defined for Kids
Definition of refute for Students
: to say or prove that something is wrong or untrue He refuted the accusation against him.
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