[ref-yoo-tey-shuh n]


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

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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.

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



  • 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



the act or process of refuting
something that refutes; disproof
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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).

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