My books are successful; my theories are unrefuted; but I suffer in politics from a prejudice almost physical in the French.
For us it is history undisputed, unrefuted, because it is so natural.
Once, their aim appeared to be a noble possibility, struggling still and unrealized, but unrefuted.
They have been unrefuted, uncontradicted in any of their details.
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.