confute(redirected from confutations)
Also found in: Thesaurus.
tr.v. con·fut·ed, con·fut·ing, con·futes
1. To prove to be wrong or in error; refute decisively.
2. Obsolete To confound.
con·fu′ta·tive (kən-fyo͞o′tə-tĭv) adj.
1. to prove (a person or thing) wrong, invalid, or mistaken; disprove
2. obsolete to put an end to
[C16: from Latin confūtāre to check, silence]
v.t. -fut•ed, -fut•ing.
1. to prove to be false, invalid, or defective; disprove: to confute an argument.
2. to prove (a person) to be wrong by argument or proof.
3. Obs. to bring to naught; confound.
[1520–30; < Latin confūtāre to abash, silence, refute]
Past participle: confuted
Switch to new thesaurus
|Verb||1.||confute - prove to be false; "The physicist disproved his colleagues' theories"|
explode - show (a theory or claim) to be baseless, or refute and make obsolete
falsify - prove false; "Falsify a claim"