- to prove to be false or erroneous, as an opinion or charge.
- to prove (a person) to be in error.
Origin of refute
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Examples from the Web for refutable
It is certainly not the least charm of a theory, says Nietzsche, that it is refutable.Philosophy and The Social Problem
If my belief ever had its origin in reason, it must be ever refutable by reason.Edward Caldwell Moore
It is a race-slander, refutable by any honest investigator, that the American Negro as a race is unwilling to work.The Southern South
Albert Bushnell Hart
- (tr) to prove (a statement, theory, charge, etc) of (a person) to be false or incorrect; disprove
- to deny (a claim, charge, allegation, etc)
Word Origin and History for refutable
1510s, "refuse, reject," from Middle French réfuter (16c.) and directly from Latin refutare "drive back; rebut, disprove; repress, repel, resist, oppose," from re- "back" (see re-) + -futare "to beat," probably from PIE root *bhau- "to strike down" (see bat (n.1)).
Meaning "prove wrong" dates from 1540s. Since c.1964 linguists have frowned on the subtle shift in meaning towards "to deny," as it is used in connection with allegation. Related: Refuted; refuting.