verb (used with object), re·fut·ed, re·fut·ing.
Origin of refute
Examples from the Web for refute
And no one is better equipped to refute this false equivalence than Mack herself.Stop Blaming Christy Mack: Porn Stars Don’t Deserve to Be Beaten|Samantha Allen|August 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Szarkowski responded: “The claim is impossible to refute, and in fact not easy to understand.”New Getty Retrospective On Minor White’s Metamorphosing Camera|Sarah Bay Williams|July 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
This would seem to refute the new report that the captain alone would have been able to disable all the systems.
But this is all ‘a work in progress’… [that] we are trying to confirm or refute.Research Shows Link Between NSAID Use and Gut Disease|Valerie Vande Panne|April 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Which is why we need the most up-to-date science—and for government entities to refute “abortion-inducing” misnomers.Why Can’t the FDA Fix Outdated Birth Control Labels?|Tiffany Stanley|March 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The evidence seems to me, however, to refute this interpretation of Kants position.A Commentary to Kant's 'Critique of Pure Reason'|Norman Kemp Smith
I replied that I hoped to refute all charges against me, by a sincere avowal of the truth.Marie|Alexander Pushkin
"We have gone far afield," she said, a tacit admission that she could not refute his dissertations.Parrot & Co.|Harold MacGrath
Only once had Harlan been able to refute the charge of rumor.'Drag' Harlan|Charles Alden Seltzer
Nothing appeared on the part of the Federal Executive to refute these assertions.
Word Origin for refute
1510s, "refuse, reject," from Middle French réfuter (16c.) and directly from Latin refutare "drive back; rebut, disprove; repress, repel, resist, oppose," from re- "back" (see re-) + -futare "to beat," probably from PIE root *bhau- "to strike down" (see bat (n.1)).
Meaning "prove wrong" dates from 1540s. Since c.1964 linguists have frowned on the subtle shift in meaning towards "to deny," as it is used in connection with allegation. Related: Refuted; refuting.