What does refute mean?

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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.

  2. refuteverb

    To deny the truth or correctness of (something).

  3. Etymology: From refuto

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To REFUTEverb

    To prove false or erroneous. Applied to persons or things.

    Etymology: refuto, Lat. refuter, Fr.

    Self-destruction sought, refutes
    That excellence thought in thee. John Milton, Par. Lost.

    He knew that there were so many witnesses in these two miracles, that it was impossible to refute such multitudes. Add.


  1. refute

    In argumentation, an objection is a reason arguing against a premise, argument, or conclusion. Definitions of objection vary in whether an objection is always an argument (or counterargument) or may include other moves such as questioning.An objection to an objection is sometimes known as a rebuttal.An objection can be issued against an argument retroactively from the point of reference of that argument. This form of objection – invented by the presocratic philosopher Parmenides – is commonly referred to as a retroactive refutation.


  1. refute

    Refute is a verb that means to prove a statement, accusation or theory to be wrong or false; to disprove or debunk something. It can also mean to deny or contradict a statement or accusation.

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. 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.

  2. John Cornyn:

    I think she's going to be a good witness and I think we will be prepared for that and be prepared to refute any unjustified criticism.

  3. 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.

  4. Scott C. Holstad:

    seeing is believing they say and if boundaries are limitless are we? or is existence twofold and doomed before the sights are set and if so does God really weep for humanity and must we continue to seek sustenance through escapism and do sporting events in all their microcosmic glory refute the tenets of nihilism or should we simply accept and wallow in our ignorance unbearable lightness of being creatures who feelwhat -- I don’t know

  5. Judge Kavanaugh:

    I have never done anything like what the accuser describes -- to her or to anyone, because this never happened, I had no idea who was making this accusation until she identified herself yesterday. I am willing to talk to the Senate Judiciary Committee in any way the committee deems appropriate to refute this false allegation, from 36 years ago, and defend my integrity.

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