[ih-ref-ruh-guh-buh l]


not to be disputed or contested.

Nearby words

  1. irredentist,
  2. irreducible,
  3. irreducible hernia,
  4. irreflexive,
  5. irreformable,
  6. irrefrangible,
  7. irrefutable,
  8. irreg.,
  9. irregardless,
  10. irregular

Origin of irrefragable

1525–35; < Late Latin irrefragābilis, equivalent to Latin ir- ir-2 + refragā(rī) to resist, oppose + -bilis -ble

Related formsir·ref·ra·ga·bil·i·ty, ir·ref·ra·ga·ble·ness, nounir·ref·ra·ga·bly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for irrefragable



not able to be denied or refuted; indisputable
Derived Formsirrefragability or irrefragableness, nounirrefragably, adverb

Word Origin for irrefragable

C16: from Late Latin irrefrāgābilis, from Latin ir- + refrāgārī to resist, thwart

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Word Origin and History for irrefragable



"that cannot be refuted," 1530s, from Late Latin irrefragabilis, from assimilated form of in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + Latin refragari "to oppose, contest," from re- "back" (see re-) + frag-, base of frangere "to break" (see fraction). Related: irrefragably; irrefragability.

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