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or re·fut·a·to·ry

[ri-fyoo-tuh-tiv or ri-fyoo-tuh-tawr-ee, ‐tohr-ee]
  1. tending to refute; pertaining to refutation: refutative evidence.
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Origin of refutative

First recorded in 1645–55; refutat(ion) + -ive
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Historical Examples of refutative

  • Yet the first book exhibits to us a specimen of negative and refutative dialectic which is not surpassed by anything 365in Plato.

    Plato and the Other Companions of Sokrates, 3rd ed. Volume I (of 4)

    George Grote

  • If this be not done, a refutative argument may be drawn from such omission that the respondent was not aware of the relativity.


    George Grote