- to establish the truth or genuineness of, as by evidence or argument: to prove one's claim.
- Law. to establish the authenticity or validity of (a will); probate.
- to give demonstration of by action.
- to subject to a test, experiment, comparison, analysis, or the like, to determine quality, amount, acceptability, characteristics, etc.: to prove ore.
- to show (oneself) to have the character or ability expected of one, especially through one's actions.
- Mathematics. to verify the correctness or validity of by mathematical demonstration or arithmetical proof.
- Also proof. Printing. to take a trial impression of (type, a cut, etc.).
- to cause (dough) to rise to the necessary lightness.
- Archaic. to experience.
- to turn out: The experiment proved to be successful.
- to be found by trial or experience to be: His story proved false.
- (of dough) to rise to a specified lightness: Leave covered until it has proved.
Origin of prove
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Examples from the Web for unproven
Anti-abortion organizations tend to tend to propagate the idea that the procedure is dangerous and unproven.Abortion Complications Are Rare, No Matter What the Right Says
December 8, 2014
The notion that Ebola might be a sexually transmitted disease remains plausible if unproven.Did One Liberian Prostitute Give Ebola to Eight Soldiers?
October 7, 2014
But last week the idea that sometimes we should say no to unproven technology was finally given a hearing.Can Fitbit Data Save Lives?
August 26, 2014
While CBS is taking a gamble on a relatively unknown (and unproven) talent, to many critics this decision was all too predictable.Late Night Adds Another White Dude: James Corden Replacing Craig Ferguson at ‘The Late Late Show’
August 5, 2014
[It] is ludicrous to make such a risky and unproven view the centerpiece of European science policy.The Science Community’s Fight Over an Artificial Brain
July 10, 2014
There are many and conclusive reasons for rejecting this unproven claim.
The mystery of unknown and unproven danger did not fascinate him.Cleg Kelly, Arab of the City
S. R. (Samuel Rutherford) Crockett
Is it scientific to accept as true an unproven theory and make it the basis of all belief?
In short, so far from being a great universal philosophy, it is simply a disjointed combination of unproven theories.
As that Article was by unanimous consent abandoned and never put to vote, all its allegations logically fell as unproven.
- not established as true by evidence or demonstrationunproven allegations
- (of a new product, system, treatment, etc) not tried or tested
- (may take a clause as object or an infinitive) to establish or demonstrate the truth or validity of; verify, esp by using an established sequence of procedures or statements
- to establish the quality of, esp by experiment or scientific analysis
- law to establish the validity and genuineness of (a will)
- to show (oneself) able or courageous
- (copula) to be found or shown (to be)this has proved useless; he proved to be invaluable
- printing to take a trial impression of (type, etc)
- (intr) (of dough) to rise in a warm place before baking
- archaic to undergo
Word Origin and History for unproven
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.
Idioms and Phrases with unproven
In addition to the idiom beginning with prove
- prove out
- exception proves the rule