verb (used with object), proved, proved or prov·en, prov·ing.
verb (used without object), proved, proved or prov·en, prov·ing.
Origin of prove
Synonyms for prove
Antonyms for prove
Examples from the Web for unprovable
Historical Examples of unprovable
He does not specify this unprovable, complex, unplausible, and useless hypothesis.Flowers of Freethought
George W. Foote
That the unprovable is necessarily the unknowable, a thousand beliefs deny.There and Back
It is undemonstrated and unproved—in fact, may truthfully be said to be undemonstrable and unprovable.Dynamic Thought
William Walker Atkinson
The heaven of the churches and chapels is remote, unprovable, and cannot affect her in the smallest degree.More Pages from a Journal
By “first principles” you mean the indubitably true but unprovable elementary principles of all our knowledge.Essays in Rationalism
Charles Robert Newman
verb proves, proving, proved, proved or proven (mainly tr)
Word Origin for prove
late 12c., pruven, proven "to try, test; evaluate; demonstrate," from Old French prover, pruver "show; convince; put to the test" (11c., Modern French prouver), from Latin probare "to make good; esteem, represent as good; make credible, show, demonstrate; test, inspect; judge by trial" (source also of Spanish probar, Italian probare), from probus "worthy, good, upright, virtuous," from PIE *pro-bhwo- "being in front," from *pro-, extended form of root *per- (1) "forward, through" (see per), + root *bhu- "to be" (cf. Latin fui "I have been," futurus "about to be;" Old English beon "to be;" see be). Related: Proved; proven; proving.
In addition to the idiom beginning with prove
- prove out
- exception proves the rule