1 overthrow by argument, evidence, or proof; "The speaker refuted his opponent's arguments" [syn: rebut]
- : , /rɪˈfjuːt/|/rəˈfjut/, /rI"fju:t/ or /r@"fjut/
- Rhymes with: -uːt
Usage notesThe second meaning of refute (to deny the truth of) is proscribed as erroneous by some[Who?]. An alternative term with such a meaning is 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 refuto, which can apply to both senses.
to prove (something) to be false or incorrect
to deny the truth or correctness of (something)
- German: anfechten
- Spanish: refutar, rebatir
Translations to be checked
In informal logic an objection, also known as a refutation, is a reason arguing against a premise, lemma or main contention. An objection to an objection is known as a rebuttal.
refute in Portuguese: Refutação
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