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Definitions of Refute

Pronunciation : Re*fute" (r*F3t")
Part of Speech : v.
Etymology : [F. réfuter, L. refuteare to repel, refute. Cf. Confute, Refuse to deny.]
Definition : Defn: To disprove and overthrow by argument, evidence, or countervailing proof; to prove to be false or erroneous; to confute; as, to refute arguments; to refute testimony; to refute opinions or theories; to refute a disputant. There were so many witnesses in these two miracles that it is impossible to refute such multitudes. Addison.

Syn. -- To confute; disprove. See Confute.

t. [imp. & p. p. Refuted; p. pr. & vb. n. Refuting.]
Source : Webster's Unabridged Dictionary, 1913


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