an act of refuting a statement, charge, etc.; disproof.
- Also re·fut·al [ri-fyoot-l]. /rɪˈfyut l/.
- non·re·fut·al, noun
- non·ref·u·ta·tion, noun
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How to use refutation in a sentence
Being open to refutation is one of the most widely appreciated principles of science.How to Make Sense of Contradictory Science Papers - Issue 100: Outsiders | Haixin Dang & Liam Kofi Bright | June 2, 2021 | Nautilus
The philosopher Karl Popper once said that science needs bold conjectures and attempted refutations.How to Make Sense of Contradictory Science Papers - Issue 100: Outsiders | Haixin Dang & Liam Kofi Bright | June 2, 2021 | Nautilus
Douthat more or less treats the Oregon study as a de facto refutation of that entire, separate area of research.No, Really, It's Possible That Health Insurance May Not Make Us Healthier | Megan McArdle | May 7, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
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 | Lloyd Green | February 19, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Charlus' physical bravery is Proust's refutation of an ancient antigay stereotype.
The geologist David R. Montgomery set out to write a “straightforward refutation of creationism.”How Noah’s Flood Spurred Science: David R. Montgomery’s ‘The Rocks Don’t Lie’ | David Sessions | August 28, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
The metaphor that America is like a garden is not a gimmick, but powerful refutation of neoclassical economics.
But this pleasantry, excellent as pleasantry, hardly deserves serious refutation.The History of England from the Accession of James II. | Thomas Babington Macaulay
And it may be asserted, without fear of refutation, that no federative government could exist without a similar provision.Key-Notes of American Liberty | Various
Neither was the campaign of 1813 or 1814 any refutation of this.The Posthumous Works of Thomas De Quincey, Vol. II (2 vols) | Thomas De Quincey
The refutation of this error was reserved for the surgeon, Bass.Celebrated Travels and Travellers | Jules Verne
"refutation and conclusion by the affirmative," said the chairman.Ramsey Milholland | Booth Tarkington
British Dictionary definitions for refutation
the act or process of refuting
something that refutes; disproof
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