refutation

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

noun

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

Nearby words

  1. refurbishment,
  2. refusal,
  3. refuse,
  4. refusenik,
  5. refusion,
  6. refutative,
  7. refute,
  8. reg,
  9. reg.,
  10. reg. prof.

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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British Dictionary definitions for refutation

refutation

/ (ˌrɛfjʊˈteɪʃən) /

noun

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

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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