[ ri-fyoot ]
/ rɪˈfyut /
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verb (used with object), re·fut·ed, re·fut·ing.
to prove to be false or erroneous, as an opinion or charge.
to prove (a person) to be in error.
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Origin of refute
OTHER WORDS FROM refute
re·fut·a·ble [ri-fyoo-tuh-buhl, ref-yuh-tuh-], /rɪˈfyu tə bəl, ˈrɛf yə tə-/, adjectivere·fut·er, nounself-re·fut·ed, adjectiveself-re·fut·ing, adjective
un·re·fut·ed, adjectiveun·re·fut·ing, adjective
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How to use refute in a sentence
Annie Skinner, a spokesperson for the Colorado Department of Corrections, refutes that, saying, “Inmates have been provided information from their facility leadership regarding their specific facility situation.”On surviving—and leaving—prison during a pandemic|Sarah Scoles|January 21, 2021|Popular-Science
I begged permission to read it; but he refused, telling me that the doctrines of the church all remained unrefuted.Fox's Book of Martyrs|John Foxe
Once, their aim appeared to be a noble possibility, struggling still and unrealized, but unrefuted.Studies of Christianity|James Martineau
That the objection drawn from the physiological difference between "species" and "races" still exists unrefuted.On the Genesis of Species|St. George Mivart
My books are successful; my theories are unrefuted; but I suffer in politics from a prejudice almost physical in the French.The Wisdom of Father Brown|G. K. Chesterton
The accusation of prodigal and senseless expenditure in dress must stand unrefuted.Modern Women and What is Said of Them|Anonymous
British Dictionary definitions for refute
/ (rɪˈfjuːt) /
(tr) to prove (a statement, theory, charge, etc) of (a person) to be false or incorrect; disprove
to deny (a claim, charge, allegation, etc)
Derived forms of refuterefutable (ˈrɛfjʊtəbəl, rɪˈfjuː-), adjectiverefutability (ˌrɛfjʊtəˈbɪlɪtɪ, rɪˌfjuː-), nounrefutably, adverbrefuter, noun
Word Origin for refute
C16: from Latin refūtāre to rebut
usage for refute
The use of refute to mean deny is thought by many people to be incorrect
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