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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.

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

con·fut′a·ble adj.
con·fu′ta·tive (kən-fyo͞o′tə-tĭv) adj.
con·fut′er n.


vb (tr)
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]
conˈfutable adj
confutation n
conˈfutative adj
conˈfuter n



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]
con•fut′a•ble, adj.
con•fut′er, n.


Past participle: confuted
Gerund: confuting

I confute
you confute
he/she/it confutes
we confute
you confute
they confute
I confuted
you confuted
he/she/it confuted
we confuted
you confuted
they confuted
Present Continuous
I am confuting
you are confuting
he/she/it is confuting
we are confuting
you are confuting
they are confuting
Present Perfect
I have confuted
you have confuted
he/she/it has confuted
we have confuted
you have confuted
they have confuted
Past Continuous
I was confuting
you were confuting
he/she/it was confuting
we were confuting
you were confuting
they were confuting
Past Perfect
I had confuted
you had confuted
he/she/it had confuted
we had confuted
you had confuted
they had confuted
I will confute
you will confute
he/she/it will confute
we will confute
you will confute
they will confute
Future Perfect
I will have confuted
you will have confuted
he/she/it will have confuted
we will have confuted
you will have confuted
they will have confuted
Future Continuous
I will be confuting
you will be confuting
he/she/it will be confuting
we will be confuting
you will be confuting
they will be confuting
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been confuting
you have been confuting
he/she/it has been confuting
we have been confuting
you have been confuting
they have been confuting
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been confuting
you will have been confuting
he/she/it will have been confuting
we will have been confuting
you will have been confuting
they will have been confuting
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been confuting
you had been confuting
he/she/it had been confuting
we had been confuting
you had been confuting
they had been confuting
I would confute
you would confute
he/she/it would confute
we would confute
you would confute
they would confute
Past Conditional
I would have confuted
you would have confuted
he/she/it would have confuted
we would have confuted
you would have confuted
they would have confuted
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.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
negate, contradict - prove negative; show to be false
controvert, rebut, refute - prove to be false or incorrect
falsify - prove false; "Falsify a claim"


To prove or show to be false:


[kənˈfjuːt] VTrefutar


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