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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

Etymologies

Latin refūtāre; see bhau- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin refūtō (Wiktionary)

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