[ ref-yoo-tey-shuh n ]
/ ˌrɛf yʊˈteɪ ʃən /


an act of refuting a statement, charge, etc.; disproof.


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Also re·fut·al [ri-fyoot-l] /rɪˈfyut l/.

Origin of refutation

1540–50; < Latin refūtātiōn- (stem of refūtātiō), equivalent to refūtāt(us) (past participle of refūtāre to refute; see -ate1) + -iōn- -ion


non·re·fut·al, nounnon·ref·u·ta·tion, noun

Words nearby refutation Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Example sentences from the Web for refutal

  • I am righted before the world; my untiring industry and uprightness of life are the refutal of his calumnies.

    Rose Clark|Fanny Fern
  • He had kept Adela's warning in mind, and determined to be calmly dignified in his refutal of the charges brought against him.

    Demos|George Gissing
  • Let us therefore pause for a moment whilst we consult other sources of opinion for confirmation or refutal.

    Valere Aude|Louis Dechmann
  • Pity the words spent in the refutal of such "reasons" and views!

British Dictionary definitions for refutal

/ (ˌrɛfjʊˈteɪʃən) /


the act or process of refuting
something that refutes; disproof
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