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refutation

[ref-yoo-tey-shuh n]
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noun
  1. 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
Related formsnon·re·fut·al, nounnon·ref·u·ta·tion, noun
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Historical Examples

  • He could assert now, without fear of refutation, that Stryker had lied.

    The Black Bag

    Louis Joseph Vance

  • What should be the climax of a triumphant argument becomes its refutation.

  • For now, as always, I am unequal to the refutation of not-being.

    Sophist

    Plato

  • The conclusion at which we must arrive is that the Parmenides is not a refutation of the Eleatic philosophy.

  • How then, without a word of explanation, could Plato assign to them the refutation of their own tenets?


British Dictionary definitions for refutation

refutation

noun
  1. the act or process of refuting
  2. something that refutes; disproof
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Word Origin and History for refutation

n.

1540s, from Middle French réfutation (16c.) and directly from Latin refutationem (nominative refutatio) "disproof of a claim or argument," noun of action from past participle stem of refutare (see refute).

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