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Princeton's WordNet

  1. refute, rebutverb

    overthrow by argument, evidence, or proof

    "The speaker refuted his opponent's arguments"

  2. refute, rebut, controvertverb

    prove to be false or incorrect


  1. refuteverb

    To prove (something) to be false or incorrect.

    Etymology: From refuto

  2. refuteverb

    To deny the truth or correctness of (something).

    Etymology: From refuto

Webster Dictionary

  1. Refuteverb

    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.]

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  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

Examples of refute in a Sentence

  1. Professor Kalt:

    Citing me that way, they make it sound like I was making that argument. But I wasn't. On page 37, I raise that argument as something a critic might say, and then I refute it.

  2. Dora Cavalcanti:

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

  3. Lucien Gonzalez:

    It doesn't prove that using cannabis causes depression or self-harm, but also doesn't definitively refute it, complicated associations appear to be found, and we just don't fully understand them yet.

  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. Dustin Craun:

    It is disturbing enough that some sick individual would attempt to burn a house of worship to the ground, but referencing the slayings in New Zealand is beyond the pale, while the majority of humanity has responded to the tragedy to draw closer to one another and refute hatred, a violent and hate-filled minority seeks further divisions. We are grateful that someone was inside the mosque and was able to act quickly to put the fire out. We ask anyone with information to come forward and contact the Escondido Police Department. We stand in solidarity with our community members who attend the Islamic Center of Escondido.

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    a consonant produced by stopping the flow of air at some point and suddenly releasing it
    • A. epidemic
    • B. eminent
    • C. occlusive
    • D. ectomorphic

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