- 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 unrefuted
They have been unrefuted, uncontradicted in any of their details.The Works of Whittier, Volume VI (of VII)
John Greenleaf Whittier
For us it is history undisputed, unrefuted, because it is so natural.Little Journeys To The Homes Of Great Teachers
Once, their aim appeared to be a noble possibility, struggling still and unrealized, but unrefuted.Studies of Christianity
My books are successful; my theories are unrefuted; but I suffer in politics from a prejudice almost physical in the French.The Wisdom of Father Brown
G. K. Chesterton
- (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 unrefuted
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.