Definitions for: Refute


[v] prove to be false or incorrect
[v] overthrow by argument, evidence, or proof; "The speaker refuted his opponent's arguments"



Webster (1913) Definition: Re*fute" (r?*F3t"), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Refuted; p.
pr. & vb. n. Refuting.] [F. r['e]futer, L. refuteare to
repel, refute. Cf. Confute, Refuse to deny.]
To disprove and overthrow by argument, evidence, or
countervailing proof; to prove to be false or erroneous; to
confute; as, to refute arguments; to refute testimony; to
refute opinions or theories; to refute a disputant.

There were so many witnesses in these two miracles that
it is impossible to refute such multitudes. --Addison.

Syn: To confute; disprove. See Confute.

Synonyms: controvert, rebut, rebut

See Also: answer, confute, contradict, controvert, disprove, oppose, renounce, repudiate

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