V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. to deny the truth of and overthrow by argument, evidence, or proof; 2. to prove to be false or incorrect

Synonyms: disprove, dispute, oppose, challenge, contend, contradict, contravene, gainsay, negate

Antonyms: prove, confirm, defend, corroborate

Tips: Refute comes from the Latin word refutare, "to drive back" or "rebut." Think of driving back or rebutting somebody's point or argument. The essential meaning is that of a dispute or contradiction of a claim. The term "refute claims" is commonly heard in legal discussions. For example, DNA evidence may refute placement of guilt on the wrong person.

Usage Examples:

I definitely lost that debate; he refuted each of my points with contradicting statements. (negated, contradicted, disputed)

He refuted the claims of the law suit, deeming them inconsistent with the original contract. (challenged, disputed)

The attorneys will attempt to refute the evidence against the defendant. (disprove, dispute, challenge)

The witness refuted her earlier testimony by repeatedly contradicting herself. (negated, disproved)

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