What does refute mean?

Definitions for refuterɪˈfyut

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word refute.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. refute, rebut(verb)

    overthrow by argument, evidence, or proof

    "The speaker refuted his opponent's arguments"

  2. refute, rebut, controvert(verb)

    prove to be false or incorrect


  1. refute(Verb)

    To prove (something) to be false or incorrect.

  2. refute(Verb)

    To deny the truth or correctness of (something).

  3. Origin: From refuto

Webster Dictionary

  1. Refute(verb)

    to disprove and overthrow by argument, evidence, or countervailing proof; to prove to be false or erroneous; to confute; as, to refute arguments; to refute testimony; to refute opinions or theories; to refute a disputant

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Refute

    rē-fūt′, v.t. to repel: to oppose: to disprove.—n. Rēfutabil′ity.—adj. Rēfū′table, that may be refuted or disproved.—adv. Rēfū′tably.—n. Refutā′tion, the act of refuting or disproving.—adj. Rēfū′tātory, tending to refute: refuting.—n. Rēfū′ter, one who, or that which, refutes. [Fr. réfuter—L. refutārere-, back, root of fundĕre, futilis.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of refute in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of refute in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Josh Billings:

    Silence is one of the hardest arguments to refute.

  2. Dora Cavalcanti:

    That phrase 'destroy email' meant 'explain' or 'refute' the allegations about the email.

  3. Le Foll:

    I completely refute what has been indicated by some that there will be a loss with regard this agreement compared to the hypothesis of a sale to Russia.

  4. John Selden:

    Ignorance of the law excuses no man Not that all men know the law, but because 'tis an excuse every man will plead, and no man can tell how to refute him.

  5. President Barack Obama:

    All of us have a responsibility to refute the notion that groups like ISIL somehow represent Islam, because that is a falsehood that embraces the terrorist narrative.

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