WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
re•fute /rɪˈfyut/USA pronunciation   v. [+ object], -fut•ed, -fut•ing. 
  1. to prove to be false or to be in error:We refuted his accusations.
re•fut•a•ble /rɪˈfyutəbəl, ˈrɛfyətə-/USA pronunciation  adj. 
ref•u•ta•tion /ˌrɛfyʊˈteɪʃən/USA pronunciation  n. [uncountable]Refutation of the charges against him is impossible.[countable]refutations of guilt.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
re•fute  (ri fyo̅o̅t),USA pronunciation v.t.,  -fut•ed, -fut•ing. 
  1. to prove to be false or erroneous, as an opinion or charge.
  2. to prove (a person) to be in error.
re•fut•a•ble  (ri fyo̅o̅tə bəl, refyə tə-),USA pronunciation adj.  re•fut′a•bil′i•ty, n. 
re•futa•bly, adv. 
re•futer, n. 
  • Latin refūtāre to check, suppress, refute, rebut, equivalent. to re- re- + -fūtāre presumably, "to beat'' (attested only with the prefixes con- and re-; compare confute)
  • 1505–15;
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged disprove, rebut.
    • 1, 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged confute.


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

refute /rɪˈfjuːt/ vb
  1. (transitive) to prove (a statement, theory, charge, etc) of (a person) to be false or incorrect; disprove
Etymology: 16th Century: from Latin refūtāre to rebut

refutable /ˈrɛfjʊtəbəl rɪˈfjuː-/ adj ˈrefutably adv reˈfuter n USAGE
The use of refute to mean deny is thought by many people to be incorrect




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