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[verb kuh-rob-uh-reyt; adjective kuh-rob-er-it]
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verb (used with object), cor·rob·o·rat·ed, cor·rob·o·rat·ing.
  1. to make more certain; confirm: He corroborated my account of the accident.
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  1. Archaic. confirmed.
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Origin of corroborate

1520–30; < Latin corrōborātus past participle of corrōborāre to strengthen, equivalent to cor- cor- + rōbor(āre) to make strong (derivative of rōbor, rōbur oak (hence, strength); see robust) + -ātus -ate1
Related formscor·rob·o·ra·tive [kuh-rob-uh-rey-tiv, -er-uh-tiv] /kəˈrɒb əˌreɪ tɪv, -ər ə tɪv/, cor·rob·o·ra·to·ry, adjectivecor·rob·o·ra·tive·ly, cor·rob·o·ra·to·ri·ly, adverbcor·rob·o·ra·tor, nounnon·cor·rob·o·rat·ing, adjectivenon·cor·rob·o·ra·tive, adjectivenon·cor·rob·o·ra·tive·ly, adverbnon·cor·rob·o·ra·to·ry, adjectiveun·cor·rob·o·rat·ed, adjectiveun·cor·rob·o·ra·tive, adjectiveun·cor·rob·o·ra·tive·ly, adverbun·cor·rob·o·ra·to·ry, adjective
Can be confusedcollaborate corroborate


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Examples from the Web for uncorroborated

Historical Examples

  • The confessions of the three were uncorroborated as to each bribe.

    'The System,' as uncovered by the San Francisco Graft Prosecution

    Franklin Hichborn

  • His words, when uncorroborated, can have no weight with a jury.

  • But when this agreement was made the man was given to understand that his own uncorroborated word would go for nothing.

    Dr. Wortle's School

    Anthony Trollope

  • I didn't feel satisfied to trust my uncorroborated opinion, and desired the advice of another physician.

    A Chain of Evidence

    Carolyn Wells

  • I have every reason to believe that he could, and I am even prepared to accept his uncorroborated testimony on this point.

British Dictionary definitions for uncorroborated


  1. (of evidence, a statement, etc) lacking confirmation or evidence
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verb (kəˈrɒbəˌreɪt)
  1. (tr) to confirm or support (facts, opinions, etc), esp by providing fresh evidencethe witness corroborated the accused's statement
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adjective (kəˈrɒbərɪt) archaic
  1. serving to corroborate a fact, an opinion, etc
  2. (of a fact) corroborated
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Derived Formscorroboration, nouncorroborative (kəˈrɒbərətɪv) or corroboratory, adjectivecorroboratively, adverbcorroborator, noun

Word Origin

C16: from Latin corrōborāre to invigorate, from rōborāre to make strong, from rōbur strength, literally: oak
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Word Origin and History for uncorroborated



1530s, "to give (legal) confirmation to," from Latin corroboratus, past participle of corroborare "to strengthen, invigorate," from com- "together" or "thoroughly" (see com-) + roborare "to make strong," from robur, robus "strength," (see robust).

Meaning "to strengthen by evidence, to confirm" is from 1706. Sometimes in early use the word also has its literal Latin sense, especially of medicines. Related: Corroborated; corroborating; corroborative.

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