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tr.v. re·fut·ed, re·fut·ing, re·futes
1. To prove to be false or erroneous; overthrow by argument or proof: refute testimony.
2. To deny the accuracy or truth of: refuted the results of the poll.
3. Usage Problem To repudiate.

[Latin refūtāre; see bhau- in Indo-European roots.]

re·fut′a·bil′i·ty (rĭ-fyo͞o′tə-bĭl′ĭ-tē, rĕf′yə-tə-) n.
re·fut′a·ble (rĭ-fyo͞o′tə-bəl, rĕf′yə-tə-) adj.
re·fut′a·bly adv.
re·fut′er n.
Usage Note: Traditionally, the verb refute has two meanings. The first is "to prove to be false or erroneous," as in Charges of institutional bias against women were refuted by an analysis of the employment data. In this example, it is clear that an argument was mustered to demonstrate the falsity of the charges. This usage is well established as standard. The second meaning is "to deny the accuracy of," and in this use there is no mention or implication of mustering evidence or detailed reasoning. Rather, the refutation exists as a simple statement or claim. This second use has been criticized as incorrect or inappropriate since the early 1900s, despite being common. A majority of the Usage Panel accepts the use as a synonym of deny, but not by a wide margin. In our 2002 survey, 62 percent accepted the example In the press conference, the senator categorically refuted the charges of malfeasance but declined to go into details. This suggests that many readers are uncomfortable with this usage and would prefer to see deny in these contexts. Beyond these two meanings, refute is sometimes used to mean "to deny the validity of, repudiate," as in Observers are expecting the appeals court to refute the Microsoft breakup. The Panel has scant affection for this usage. Some 89 percent rejected the example just quoted in the 2002 survey.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.refutable - able to be refuted
deniable - capable of being denied or contradicted
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[rɪˈfjuːtəbl] ADJrefutable




(rəˈfjuːt) verb
to prove that (a person, statement etc) is wrong. You can easily refute his argument.
reˈfutable adjective
ˌrefuˈtation (refju-) noun
References in classic literature ?
I do not think this theory is adequate, but I think it is suggestive of truth, and not so easily refutable as it might appear to be at first sight.
I have my options to bring my sons to a refutable hospital or our family doctor for deworming or whatever it is in the DOH program.
The family maintains its position that this was an improper prosecution and that the allegations are refutable on the evidence in their possession.
It is my hope that this picture and the foregoing discussion will help to form refutable hypotheses for testing competing explanations for America's disappearing capitalism.
The statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs stressed that the accusation that the State of Qatar leaked the list of demands by the four countries is baseless and is refutable by evidence.
Por otro lado, se encontrarian los que, tambien consideran al escepticismo como no refutable de manera concluyente, pero no ven en ello una razon para exiliarlo de las reflexiones epistemologicas, pues desdenarlo --como pretende la mayoria de posiciones externistas--generaria un deficit explicativo en la epistemologia: no se podria explicar como es que un sujeto sabe que sabe (Sexto Empirico, Barry Stroud, Richard Fumerton, Dunckan Pritchard y Christopher Ranalli).
That argument is easily refutable," Perez Perez said.
In this position the empirical detail is not mere confirmable or refutable "data" for some prior theory but becomes important in its own right.
Si se la formula de este modo general, la teoria no es solamente refutable sino que de hecho se refuta" (Ibid).
First and foremost, Gorom is not a detention facility but a refutable Military Training Center," Koang said.
However, as the clinical management of ketamine administration improves and renewed research provides refutable evidence from previous claims, anesthesia providers have taken a second look at ketamine use in trauma.
20] The mitochondrial donor should not necessarily be regarded as a second mother or parent to the resulting child, as this is refutable on both biological and legal principles ('Mater semper certa est').