verb (used with object), dis·proved, dis·prov·ing.

to prove (an assertion, claim, etc.) to be false or wrong; refute; invalidate: I disproved his claim.

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

Synonyms for disprove

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Contemporary Examples of disproved

Historical Examples of disproved

  • At all events, this was a phenomenon which could not be disproved, and there were many who believed it true.

    Murder Point

    Coningsby Dawson

  • We have—you have disproved the love I was so presumptuous as to believe you fostered for me.

  • His statements, therefore, may easily be disproved, if they are untrue.

  • That has always been disclaimed on our side and could easily be disproved on yours.

    Tristram of Blent

    Anthony Hope

  • There is never a point of time at which you can say, 'The tradition is now disproved.'

    Loss and Gain

    John Henry Newman

British Dictionary definitions for disproved



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



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

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