Definitions

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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  • prove to be false or incorrect

    No one could refute his theories or propositions, and that is why he was esteemed by all his colleagues in the philosophy department.

    October 19, 2016