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

In unprecedented moves, both companies put out statements refuting the report’s individual claims. Makena Kelly, The Verge, "Chinese spies reportedly inserted chips into servers belonging to Apple, Amazon," 4 Oct. 2018 After officiating a group-stage game, he was accused by Morocco’s Nordin Amrabat of asking for the jersey of a Portugal player, a claim that was angrily refuted by both Geiger and FIFA. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "Colombian captain blasts American World Cup referee for 'shamefully' favoring England," 4 July 2018 Her expressive portraits refute the traditional portrayal of women being passive subjects to gaze upon, evident in their disinterested, and at times defiant expressions. Tara Massouleh, AL.com, "April Events: Food festivals, Magic City Art Connection, and more," 6 Apr. 2018 Russia plans to send specialists to analyze the scene once militants are expelled from the area, and said the data will refute claims of chemical use, Tass reported. Fortune, "President Trump Plans 'Major Decisions' on Syria Within 2 Days," 9 Apr. 2018 The Spurs publicly have denied the substance of these reports, but Leonard has done or said nothing to refute them. Mike Finger, San Antonio Express-News, "Time for Leonard end the drama," 23 Feb. 2018 These statistics refute any notion of true crime as escapist fare. Megan Abbott, latimes.com, "Why do we — women in particular — love true crime books?," 14 June 2018 Police issued a statement refuting rumors that the body had been dismembered. Harriet Sokmensuer, PEOPLE.com, "Missing Calif. Woman Found Dead Near Makeshift Coffin — and Police Say it Was Intended for Her," 11 June 2018 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

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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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