confutation

[ kon-fyoo-tey-shuh n ]
/ ˌkɒn fyʊˈteɪ ʃən /

noun

the act of confuting.
something that confutes.
Classical Oratory. the fourth section of a speech, given over to direct refutation.

Origin of confutation

1425–75; late Middle English confutacioun (< Middle French) < Latin confūtātiōn- (stem of confūtātiō), equivalent to confūtāt(us) silenced (past participle of confūtāre; see confute, -ate1) + -iōn- -ion

Related forms

con·fut·a·tive [kuh n-fyoo-tuh-tiv] /kənˈfyu tə tɪv/, adjectiveun·con·fut·a·tive, adjective
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