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
The Journal, using its characteristic polemical method, does not actually refute the offending factual claims.
Ivanka, however, was ready to refute those claims and make her case.
Most were forwards and simply inflammatory rhetoric, which was easily refuted.
Meyer did not accuse them of writing or distributing the letter but of a failure to release information that would have refuted the letter.
Yet the actual ratings data refutes Trump's allegations.
Attorneys challenging the order are likely to refute this claim by arguing that visitors from these countries are no more of a threat than any others.
Stakeholders who testified before the group at times refuted some of City Hall’s central claims.
Two top intelligence chiefs have told investigators that President Trump asked them to publicly refute any collusion between his campaign and Russia, CNN is reporting.
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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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