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verb (used with object), dis·proved, dis·prov·ing.
  1. to prove (an assertion, claim, etc.) to be false or wrong; refute; invalidate: I disproved his claim.
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Origin of disprove

1350–1400; Middle English < Anglo-French, Old French desprover, equivalent to des- dis-1 + prover to prove
Related formsdis·prov·a·ble, adjectivedis·prov·er, nounun·dis·prov·a·ble, adjectiveun·dis·proved, adjective
Can be confuseddeny disapprove disprove rebut refute


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  1. (tr) to show (an assertion, claim, etc) to be incorrect
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Derived Formsdisprovable, adjectivedisproval, noun
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Word Origin and History for disprove


late 14c., from Old French desprover "refute, contradict," from des- (see dis-) + prover (see prove). Related: Disproved; disproving.

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