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1. The act of confuting.
2. Something that confutes.
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(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.
This was actually written by the Quaker Richard Pinch, using the deceptive initials 'S-Y, T' Bate's response was entitled Quakero-Methodism: A confutation [...] to a late pamphlet called 'A congratulatory letter by T.
(18) "II tema del tempo ciclico, che gli suggerira molte pagine di versi e di racconti e piu di una prosa sulla 'confutazione' del tempo, gli derivo, per sua confessione, dal padre che lo aveva appreso dai Dialoghi sulla religions naturak del filosofo scozzese Davide Hume" (Porzio 101) ["The theme of cyclical time--which will be an inspiration for Borges to write many poems and stories as well as more than one essay on the 'confutation' of time-came, as he confessed, from his father, who in turn had learnt it from the Treatise of Human Nature by the Scottish philosopher David Hume," my translation].
Thus in 1616 appeared The Trial of Witchcraft, Showing the True and Right Method, With a Confutation of Erroneous Ways.
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.
"A Confutation of Convergent Realism," Philosophy of Science 48(1): 19-49.
(12) This theory, still current in Italian humanism, (13) in the Elizabethan age furnished theoretical ground for such "heretical" authors as John Ponet, a Marian exile whose Short Treatise on Political Power (1556) offered a strong confutation of the doctrine of the divine right of kings, and George Buchanan, the Scottish politician and teacher of James VI of Scotland, whose De Jure Regni Apud Scotos (1579) was banned with an Act of Parliament in 1584 because of its dangerous theories about the people as the source of political power and their right to punish tyrants.
XXXV That the Christian religion, as contained in the Scriptures, be held forth and recommended as the public profession of these nations; and that, as soon as may be, a provision, less subject to scruple and contention, and more certain than the present, be made for the encouragement and maintenance of able and painful teachers, for the instructing the people, and for discovery and confutation of error, hereby, and whatever is contrary to sound doctrine; and until such provision be made, the present maintenance shall not be taken away or impeached.
Timing of injury is definitely the key element in the legal arena as the defense will always try to demonstrate that injury occurred in a different moment rather than the strict intrapartum period; the confutation of causality relationship, in fact, will be overwhelming on claims about eventually debatable physicians' misconduct [29].
One of the fundamental changes of global and regional confutation power has taken place, creating a new complex context between power, leadership and followership.
Temple's confutation of Sidney's point tried to restore the orthodox logician's standpoint: