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  • v. To establish the falsity of a claim or belief; to show or to tend to show that a theory or hypothesis is not valid.


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  • She asked me if this sounded like the woman Susy would bring along, and I told her I was not at liberty to confirm or disconfirm this possibility.

    The Sacred Promise

  • When this latest worry reached me at the end of the year, I resolved to see if I could confirm (or disconfirm) the veracity of the Great Tennis Ball Fuss.

    There are worse things for dogs than chewing tennis balls

  • If someone comes up with a rigorous objective method built on rigorous objective definitions, I will be sure to incorporate that and use it to confirm or disconfirm the hypotheses that have been built in the meantime.

    Are dem bunny prints?

  • I was thinking of a nice experiment which might confirm or disconfirm Ritzian relativity.

    Are Changes Brewing and How Does the Mind Fit In?

  • They are not designed to confirm a positive hypothesis—that, say, basmati rice grows faster than long grain brown—but rather to disconfirm the hypothesis that any differences between the strains are due to random chance, which is to say that there is no real difference.


  • The authors were not, however, data dredging: They stated a hypothesis, that consumption of chocolate would correlate with depression, and examined the data to confirm or disconfirm their hypothesis.

    Chocolate linked to depression (or vice versa) - The Panda's Thumb

  • If the wrong fossils were found in the wrong strata, that would tend to disconfirm itunless, of course, those fossils were false.

    Making a Monkey out of Pat Buchanan

  • As for the bit about the research "disconfirm [ing] the neo-Darwinian hypothesis", that's so wildly wrong it doesn't require a detailed rebuttal.

    Comparing Teleological Predictions with their Non-teleological Counterparts

  • Also, Solexa technology would possibly confirm or disconfirm John Sanford's genetic entropy or Walter ReMine's biotic message theories.

    A Bunny Would Never Do This

  • Experimental research is the business of collecting evidence that might support or disconfirm causal hypotheses.

    Archive 2009-05-01


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