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1. The act of confuting.
2. Something that confutes.


(ˌkɒn fyʊˈteɪ ʃən)

1. the act of confuting.
2. something that confutes.
[1425–75; late Middle English (< Middle French) < Latin]
con•fut•a•tive (kənˈfyu tə tɪv) adj.
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Noun1.confutation - the speech act of refuting conclusively
refutation, defence, defense - the speech act of answering an attack on your assertions; "his refutation of the charges was short and persuasive"; "in defense he said the other man started it"
2.confutation - evidence that refutes conclusively
disproof, falsification, refutation - any evidence that helps to establish the falsity of something


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There is no stunning confutation of his nonsense before men and angels.
The confutation is further proved by the fact that Pakistan Army has lost several of its brave officers and soldiers in terrorist attacks originating from Afghanistan and during anti-terrorist operations conducted with unassailable sincerity to rid the country of this menace.
One of the fundamental changes of global and regional confutation power has taken place, creating a new complex context between power, leadership and followership.
Classical rhetoric--which Leopardi knew very well from his childhood experience, as it was widely employed in the aristocratic and bourgeois educational system of the time (4)--required the argumentatio to be divided into probatio and refutatio, that is, demonstration of one's own thesis and confutation of the opposite one.
The Vvorming of a Mad Dogge: Or, A Soppe for Cerberus the Iaylor of Hell: No Confutation but a Sharpe Redargution of the Hayter of Women.
That in itself amounts to a confutation or repudiation of the detection concern for transactions that can be 'explained'.
Historian Sheppard examines the discourse of anti-atheist confutation by studying responses to the challenges that derived especially from the recovery of ancient Greek and Roman texts during the European Renaissance, from the religious divisions within European Christendom during the Reformation, from the implications of the scientific revolution, and from shifting understandings of the relationship between church and state.
He said that PPP candidate has withdrawn his nomination papers from this constituency two days earlier in order to avoid the politics of confutation and clash.
Milton defended the Smectymnuans in Animadversions upon the Remonstrants Defense Against Smectymnuus (1641) and An Apology Against a Pamphlet Call'd A Modest Confutation of the Animadversions upon the Remonstrant Against Smectymnuus (1642).
He becomes stunned at the confutation of his conservative religious standards--an occasion on which he is completely subdued by the first shocking witness of the result of his rigid religious matrix.
Betteridge's survey of More's anti-heretical writings includes The Supplication of Souls (1529), More's Apology (1533), and The Confutation of Tyndale's Answer (1532-33).
To take one illustration of the similarity, Bozovic claims (166-172) that Rear Window (Alfred Hitchcock, 1954) epitomizes a downright Lacanian confutation of Sartrean "nihilating subject," but the two French critics (122-128) had made a similar point about the same film--only without referencing Lacan (nor Sartre, for that matter--although Rohmer admittedly knew his works very well) and using a more traditional and idealist vocabulary, speaking of "solitude" and "egoism," and arguing that the film shows the inherent limits of both.