[kon-fyoo-tey-shuh n]


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 formscon·fut·a·tive [kuh n-fyoo-tuh-tiv] /kənˈfyu tə tɪv/, adjectiveun·con·fut·a·tive, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Word Origin and History for confutation

mid-15c., from Latin confutationem (nominative confutatio), noun of action from past participle stem of confutare (see confute).

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