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[dis-proov] /dɪsˈpruv/
verb (used with object), disproved, disproving.
to prove (an assertion, claim, etc.) to be false or wrong; refute; invalidate:
I disproved his claim.
Origin of disprove
1350-1400; Middle English < Anglo-French, Old French desprover, equivalent to des- dis-1 + prover to prove
Related forms
disprovable, adjective
disprover, noun
undisprovable, adjective
undisproved, adjective
Can be confused
deny, disapprove, disprove, rebut, refute.
discredit, contradict, negate, confute. Unabridged
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  • At all events, this was a phenomenon which could not be disproved, and there were many who believed it true.

    Murder Point

    Coningsby Dawson
  • We have—you have disproved the love I was so presumptuous as to believe you fostered for me.

    Bardelys the Magnificent Rafael Sabatini
  • His statements, therefore, may easily be disproved, if they are untrue.

  • That has always been disclaimed on our side and could easily be disproved on yours.

    Tristram of Blent Anthony Hope
  • There is never a point of time at which you can say, 'The tradition is now disproved.'

    Loss and Gain John Henry Newman
  • She felt mortified after all her declarations, that I should have appeared and disproved them.

    Valerie Frederick Marryat
  • A statement may be disproved by deducing logically from it a conclusion that is ——.

    English Synonyms and Antonyms James Champlin Fernald
British Dictionary definitions for disproved


(transitive) to show (an assertion, claim, etc) to be incorrect
Derived Forms
disprovable, adjective
disproval, noun
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Word Origin and History for disproved



late 14c., from Old French desprover "refute, contradict," from des- (see dis-) + prover (see prove). Related: Disproved; disproving.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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