refute

verb
re·fute | \ ri-ˈfyüt \
refuted; refuting

Definition of refute 

transitive verb

1 : to prove wrong by argument or evidence : show to be false or erroneous

2 : to deny the truth or accuracy of refuted the allegations

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Other words from refute

refutable \ri-ˈfyü-tə-bəl \ adjective
refutably \ri-ˈfyü-tə-blē \ adverb
refuter noun

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 1945–461946 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.
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Recent Examples on the Web

Trials, in which the prosecution must present evidence and the defendant has a chance to refute it, are rare. Yael Stein, Newsweek, "It Is Not In Ahed Tamimi’s Best Interest To Have A Secret Trial, It's In Israel's," 20 Mar. 2018 Rosen has refuted the report, according to Michael Silver of the NFL network. Terry Pluto, cleveland.com, "Cleveland Browns and the promises of John Dorsey -- Terry Pluto (video)," 28 Feb. 2018 Ervin has already publicly aired her belief that Jealous got her fired for considering joining the Kamenetz campaign — accusations that Jealous and her former employer, Maryland Working Families, refutes. Erin Cox, baltimoresun.com, "Bad-blood feud flares between progressives Valerie Ervin, Ben Jealous as Maryland governor's race nears end," 23 June 2018 Police investigators determined the ambulance lights and sirens were on at the time of the crash, and have video that refutes the witnesses’ recollections, Ferrelli said. Sarah Freishtat, Aurora Beacon-News, "Ambulance driver in crash that sent 10 to hospitals showed 'due regard,' Aurora fire marshal says," 22 June 2018 Ellis in his lawsuit says that neither officer had probable cause to shoot him and that the incident violated his Fourth, Fifth and 14th amendment rights, allegations the city refutes in its response to Ellis' initial complaint. Ryan Martin, Indianapolis Star, "Officer in Aaron Bailey case is a defendant in lawsuit over a 2015 shooting," 24 May 2018 But refuting Kanye West’s alternative facts isn’t the same as tying a fan to Emmitt Till with barbed wire and throwing him off a bridge. Michael Harriot, The Root, "White America is 'Publicly Lynching' Black Men ... But Not Kanye, Cosby or R. Kelly," 3 May 2018 Martyna Majok's Cost of Living, a haunting, rigorously unsentimental identity play that refutes stereotypes about people with physical disabilities and their caregivers, has been named the winner of the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Cost of Living' Wins 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Drama," 16 Apr. 2018 In a statement given to PEOPLE, Jarrod Agen, the vice president’s deputy chief of staff and communications director, refuted that Pence had asked to meet with Rippon. Tierney Mcafee, PEOPLE.com, "Newly Single Bristol Palin Attacks Figure Skater Adam Rippon for Mike Pence 'Snub'," 15 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of refute

1545, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for refute

Latin refutare to check, suppress, refute

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More Definitions for refute

refute

verb

English Language Learners Definition of refute

: to prove that (something) is not true

: to say that (something) is not true

refute

verb
re·fute | \ ri-ˈfyüt \
refuted; refuting

Kids Definition of refute

: to say or prove that something is wrong or untrue He refuted the accusation against him.

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