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Princeton's WordNet

  1. disprove, confuteverb

    prove to be false

    "The physicist disproved his colleagues' theories"


  1. disproveverb

    To prove to be false or erroneous; to confute; to refute.

  2. Etymology: from desprover

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Disproveverb

    Etymology: dis and prove.

    This exposition they plainly disprove, and shew by manifest reason, that of David the words of David could not possibly be meant. Richard Hooker.

    This Westmoreland maintains,
    And Warwick shall disprove it. William Shakespeare, Henry VI. p. iii.

    Arcite with disdain,
    In haughty language, thus reply’d again:
    Forsworn thyself; the traytor’s odious name
    I first return, and then disprove thy claim. John Dryden, Fables.

    It is easier to affirm than to disprove. William Holder, Elements.

    That false supposition I advanced in order to disprove it, and by that means to prove the truth of my doctrine. Francis Atterbury, Sermons, Pref.

    We see the same assertions produced again, without notice of what hath been said to disprove them. Jonathan Swift.

    They behold those things disproved, disannulled, and rejected, which use had made in a manner natural. Richard Hooker, b. iv.

    If God did not forbid all indifferent ceremonies, then our conformity with the church of Rome in some such is not hitherto as yet disproved, although papists were unto us as heathens were unto Israel. Richard Hooker, b. iv. s. 6.


  1. disprove

    Evidence for a proposition is what supports this proposition. It is usually understood as an indication that the supported proposition is true. What role evidence plays and how it is conceived varies from field to field. In epistemology, evidence is what justifies beliefs or what makes it rational to hold a certain doxastic attitude. For example, a perceptual experience of a tree may act as evidence that justifies the belief that there is a tree. In this role, evidence is usually understood as a private mental state. Important topics in this field include the questions of what the nature of these mental states is, for example, whether they have to be propositional, and whether misleading mental states can still qualify as evidence. In phenomenology, evidence is understood in a similar sense. Here, however, it is limited to intuitive knowledge that provides immediate access to truth and is therefore indubitable. In this role, it is supposed to provide ultimate justifications for basic philosophical principles and thus turn philosophy into a rigorous science. However, it is highly controversial whether evidence can meet these requirements. Other fields, including the sciences and the law, tend to emphasize more the public nature of evidence (for example, scientists tend to focus on how the data used during statistical inference are generated). In philosophy of science, evidence is understood as that which confirms or disconfirms scientific hypotheses. Measurements of Mercury's "anomalous" orbit, for example, are seen as evidence that confirms Einstein's theory of general relativity. In order to play the role of neutral arbiter between competing theories, it is important that scientific evidence is public and uncontroversial, like observable physical objects or events, so that the proponents of the different theories can agree on what the evidence is. This is ensured by following the scientific method and tends to lead to an emerging scientific consensus through the gradual accumulation of evidence. Two issues for the scientific conception of evidence are the problem of underdetermination, i.e. that the available evidence may support competing theories equally well, and theory-ladenness, i.e. that what some scientists consider the evidence to be may already involve various theoretical assumptions not shared by other scientists. It is often held that there are two kinds of evidence: intellectual evidence or what is self-evident and empirical evidence or evidence accessible through the senses. In order for something to act as evidence for a hypothesis, it has to stand in the right relation to it. In philosophy, this is referred to as the "evidential relation" and there are competing theories about what this relation has to be like. Probabilistic approaches hold that something counts as evidence if it increases the probability of the supported hypothesis. According to hypothetico-deductivism, evidence consists in observational consequences of the hypothesis. The positive-instance approach states that an observation sentence is evidence for a universal hypothesis if the sentence describes a positive instance of this hypothesis. The evidential relation can occur in various degrees of strength. These degrees range from direct proof of the truth of a hypothesis to weak evidence that is merely consistent with the hypothesis but does not rule out other, competing hypotheses, as in circumstantial evidence. In law, rules of evidence govern the types of evidence that are admissible in a legal proceeding. Types of legal evidence include testimony, documentary evidence, and physical evidence. The parts of a legal case that are not in controversy are known, in general, as the "facts of the case." Beyond any facts that are undisputed, a judge or jury is usually tasked with being a trier of fact for the other issues of a case. Evidence and rules are used to decide questions of fact that are disputed, some of which may be determined by the legal burden of proof relevant to the case. Evidence in certain cases (e.g. capital crimes) must be more compelling than in other situations (e.g. minor civil disputes), which drastically affects the quality and quantity of evidence necessary to decide a case.


  1. disprove

    Disprove is to demonstrate, typically through evidence or reasoning, that a claim, theory, or concept is incorrect or false. It involves providing proof or arguments that contradict or challenge a previously held belief or statement.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Disproveverb

    to prove to be false or erroneous; to confute; to refute

  2. Disproveverb

    to disallow; to disapprove of

  3. Etymology: [Pref. dis- + prove: cf. OF. desprover.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Disprove

    dis-prōōv′, v.t. to prove to be false or not genuine: to refute: (arch.) to disapprove.—n. Disprov′al. [O. Fr. disprover. See Prove.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of disprove in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of disprove in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of disprove in a Sentence

  1. Sam Doctor:

    One of the reasons to own cryptocurrencies is because they are an effective hedge, until something happens to disprove that thesis, you aren't looking to sell them so long as other asset classes are falling.

  2. Kris Kobach:

    The commission is not set up to disprove or to prove President Trump's claim, nor is it just looking at the 2016 election. We're looking at all forms of election irregularities, voter fraud, voter registration fraud, voter intimidation, suppression, and looking at the vulnerabilities of the various elections we have in each of the 50 states.

  3. Steve Aylett, Toxicology (a book, 1999):

    The truth is easiest to disprove - its defenses are down.

  4. Link Starbureiy:

    Mathematics is an ambiguous way to prove or disprove ideal behaviors of objects.

  5. Raffaele De Mucci:

    5-Star is evolving from a 'movement', made up of followers of a charismatic leader into a 'party' with an organization and an internal structure, rome will be a fundamental test if its mayor is elected, because it offers the chance to disprove the theory that it is too inexperienced to govern.

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