Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act of refuting.
  • n. Something, such as an argument, that refutes someone or something.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An act of refuting or disproving; the overthrowing of an argument, opinion, testimony, doctrine or theory by argument or countervailing proof; confutation; disproof; evidence of falseness.
  • n. A vocal answer to an attack on one's assertions

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act or process of refuting or disproving, or the state of being refuted; proof of falsehood or error; the overthrowing of an argument, opinion, testimony, doctrine, or theory, by argument or countervailing proof.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of refuting or disproving; the overthrowing of an argument, opinion, testimony, doctrine, or theory by argument or countervailing proof; confutation; disproof. Refutation is distinguished as direct or ostensive, indirect or apagogical, a priori or a posteriori, according to the kind of reasoning employed.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the act of determining that something is false
  • n. the speech act of answering an attack on your assertions
  • n. any evidence that helps to establish the falsity of something

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  • “If by the statement that what the Constitution meant at the time of its adoption it means today, it is intended to say that the great clauses of the Constitution must be confined to the interpretations which the framers, with the conditions and outlook of their time would have placed on them, the statement carries its own refutation.�?
    —Chief Justice Hughes, Home Building and Loan Association v. Blaisdell (1934)

    August 18, 2008