- to prove to be false, invalid, or defective; disprove: to confute an argument.
- to prove (a person) to be wrong by argument or proof: to confute one's opponent.
- Obsolete. to bring to naught; confound.
Origin of confute
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- to prove (a person or thing) wrong, invalid, or mistaken; disprove
- obsolete to put an end to
Word Origin for confute
C16: from Latin confūtāre to check, silence
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