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 French video goes on to refute the main arguments in the US video using new slides with text edits.
The president’s claim was refuted by former FBI Director James Comey in congressional testimony before Trump fired him last month.
The Peabody event was held after scientific study refuted the fact that the Brontosaurus was actually an Apatosaurus.
Ferrand Tuesday issued a statement refuting item-by-item various allegations made in the French press about the transaction.
Wasserman also refuted the notion that more mandatory minimum charges could mean fewer plea deals and more trials — putting more pressure on court resources.
Gen Mohammed Al-Jawari, the civil defense chief for Mosul, also refuted the U.S. report.
Such footage refuted Taliban propaganda that claimed the U.S. was responsible for a 2009 grenade attack in Kunar province that the insurgents perpetrated.
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Origin and Etymology of refute
Latin refutare to check, suppress, refute
First Known Use: 1545
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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