from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To prove to be false or erroneous; overthrow by argument or proof: refute testimony.
- transitive v. To deny the accuracy or truth of: refuted the results of the poll.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To prove (something) to be false or incorrect.
- v. To deny the truth or correctness of (something).
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To disprove and overthrow by argument, evidence, or countervailing proof; to prove to be false or erroneous; to confute
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To disprove and overthrow by argument or countervailing proof; prove to be false or erroneous: as, to refute a doctrine or an accusation.
- To overcome in argument; prove to be in error: as, to refute a disputant.
- Synonyms Confute and Refute agree in representing a quick and thorough answer to assertions made by another. Confute applies to arguments, refute to both arguments and charges.
- n. See refuit.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. prove to be false or incorrect
- v. overthrow by argument, evidence, or proof
Latin refūtāre; see bhau- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin refūtō (Wiktionary)