refute

verb re·fute \ ri-ˈfyüt \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of refute

refuted; refuting
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

refutable

play \ri-ˈfyü-tə-bəl\ adjective

refutably

play \ri-ˈfyü-tə-blē\ adverb

refuter

noun

Examples of refute in a Sentence

  1. But for every study that shows acid rain is damaging frogs, another one refutes it. —Emily YoffeNew York Times Magazine13 Dec. 1992
  2. 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 HimmelfarbThe New History and the Old1987
  3. It is not necessary to refute such an argument point by point … —Denis GouletCenter MagazineMay 1969
  4. We refute these aspersions whether they come from our best friends or our worst foes. —Sir Winston Churchilladdress in House of Commons18 Jan. 1945, in Nathan Aus, ed., Voices of History 1945–461946
  5. The lawyer refuted the testimony of the witness.

  6. He refutes the notion that he's planning to retire soon.

  7. She refuted the allegations against her.

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Origin and Etymology of refute

Latin refutare to check, suppress, refute


REFUTE Defined for English Language Learners

refute

verb

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

refute

verb re·fute \ ri-ˈfyüt \

Definition of refute for Students

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


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