AskDefine | Define refute

Dictionary Definition



1 overthrow by argument, evidence, or proof; "The speaker refuted his opponent's arguments" [syn: rebut]
2 prove to be false or incorrect [syn: rebut, controvert]

User Contributed Dictionary



From refuto


  • : , /rɪˈfjuːt/|/rəˈfjut/, /rI"fju:t/ or /r@"fjut/
  • Rhymes with: -uːt


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

Usage notes

The 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
  • Czech: vyvrátit
  • Finnish: osoittaa vääräksi
  • German: widerlegen
  • Norwegian: motbevise
  • Slovene: ovreči
  • Spanish: refutar, rebatir
to deny the truth or correctness of (something)
  • German: anfechten
  • Spanish: refutar, rebatir
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Extensive Definition

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.

See also

refute in Portuguese: Refutação

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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