- an act of refuting a statement, charge, etc.; disproof.
Origin of refutation
Related Words for refutationrebuttal, denial, refusal, contradiction, refutal, confutation, disproof, argument, elenchus
Examples from the Web for refutation
Contemporary Examples of refutation
Which is not exactly a refutation or a denial so much as a talking point aimed at giving political partisans something to say.Jack Lew and the Obama Administration’s Finance-Friendly Status Quo
February 19, 2013
Charlus' physical bravery is Proust's refutation of an ancient antigay stereotype.David's Bookclub: Sodom and Gomorrah
September 29, 2012
Step Five: For each answer formulates new searches to find evidence in support or refutation of answer—score the evidence.Behind the Scenes With the Team That Built Jeopardy's Watson
The Daily Beast
February 23, 2011
Historical Examples of refutation
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.Shelley, Godwin and Their Circle
H. N. Brailsford
For now, as always, I am unequal to the refutation of not-being.Sophist
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?
- the act or process of refuting
- something that refutes; disproof
Word Origin and History for refutation
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).