Complete Definition of "refute"

was wotd|2007|November|24
English
Etymology
From L. term|refuto|refÅ«tÅ|lang=la

Pronunciation
a|RP|US: enPR|rÉ-fyoÍot, IPA|/rɪËfjuËt/|/rÉËfjut/, SAMPA|/rI"fju:t/ or /[email protected]"fjut/
audio|en-us-refute.ogg|Audio (US)
rhymes|uËt

Verb
en-verb|refut|ing

  1. transitive To prove (something) to be false or incorrect.
  2. transitive To deny the truth or correctness of (something).

Usage notes
The second meaning of term|refute (to deny the truth of) is proscribed as erroneous by some<sup>[Who?]</sup>. An alternative term with such a meaning is term|repudiate, which means to reject or refuse to acknowledge, but without the implication of justification. However, this distinction does not exist in the original Latin term|refuto|refÅ«tÅ|oppose, resist, rebut|lang=la, which can apply to both senses.

Synonyms
italbrac|prove (something) to be false: disprove
italbrac|deny the truth or correctness: deny, reject, repudiate

Antonyms
italbrac|prove (something) to be false: demonstrate, prove
italbrac|deny the truth or correctness: accept, embrace

Related terms
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refutability
refutable
refutably
refutal
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refutation
refuted
refuter

Translations
trans-top|to prove (something) to be false or incorrect
Czech: vyvrátit
Finnish: osoittaa vääräksi
German: widerlegen
trans-mid
Norwegian: t|no|motbevise
Slovene: ovreÄi
Spanish: refutar, rebatir
trans-bottom

trans-top|to deny the truth or correctness of (something)
German: anfechten
trans-mid
Spanish: refutar, rebatir
trans-bottom

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ttbc|Bulgarian: опÑовеÑгавам
ttbc|French: réfuter
mid
ttbc|Italian: confutare
ttbc|Portuguese: refutar

Category:English transitive verbs

et:refute
fr:refute
io:refute
it:refute
hu:refute
te:refute
vi:refute
zh:refute

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