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1. The act of refuting or disproving.
2. Evidence that refutes or disproves.
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1. facts that disprove something
2. the act of disproving
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1. the act of disproving.
2. proof to the contrary; refutation.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.disproof - any evidence that helps to establish the falsity of something
evidence, grounds - your basis for belief or disbelief; knowledge on which to base belief; "the evidence that smoking causes lung cancer is very compelling"
reductio, reductio ad absurdum - (reduction to the absurd) a disproof by showing that the consequences of the proposition are absurd; or a proof of a proposition by showing that its negation leads to a contradiction
confutation - evidence that refutes conclusively
counterexample - refutation by example
2.disproof - the act of determining that something is false
determination, finding - the act of determining the properties of something, usually by research or calculation; "the determination of molecular structures"
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References in classic literature ?
I took this as a direct disproof of his having really been chastised.
Nay, the very possibility of contradiction or disproof, however remote, communicates to this feminine judgment from the first, in nine cases out of ten, the weakness attendant on the testimony of an interested witness; so personally and strongly does the fair diviner connect herself with her divination.
Volumnia, not being supposed to know (and indeed not knowing) what is the matter, has found it a ticklish task to offer appropriate observations and consequently has supplied their place with distracting smoothings of the bed-linen, elaborate locomotion on tiptoe, vigilant peeping at her kinsman's eyes, and one exasperating whisper to herself of, "He is asleep." In disproof of which superfluous remark Sir Leicester has indignantly written on the slate, "I am not."
But the proof or disproof of that never reached the public.
The doctrine of innate ideas is one of the most admirable faiths of philosophy, being itself an innate idea and therefore inaccessible to disproof, though Locke foolishly supposed himself to have given it "a black eye." Among innate ideas may be mentioned the belief in one's ability to conduct a newspaper, in the greatness of one's country, in the superiority of one's civilization, in the importance of one's personal affairs and in the interesting nature of one's diseases.
In particular, he provides an alternative approach to his disproof of the celebrated Triangulation conjecture.
The Zylofon man, whose claim of a United Kingdom office branch was embarrassingly packaged in doubt and disproof by an ace journalist, Israel Laryea, has laced his boots for an international legal showdown with the Bank of Ghana (BOG) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) over the closure of his business.
After a 23-day trial, he was convicted of health care fraud and on 10 of 15 false statement counts.<br />The judge set those verdicts aside, however, citing testimony about the difficulty of interpreting angiograms and the fact that "cardiologists frequently disagree with one another regarding the degree of stenosis."<br />"Since Paulus's interpretations could not be 'subject to proof or disproof,' the district court concluded that they could be neither false nor fraudulent," the 6th Circuit wrote.<br />But the 6th Circuit noted that it had decided that degree of stenosis was a fact capable of proof or disproof less than a year earlier in United States v.
In summary, infection with brucellosis was confirmed via a positive serology test and the disproof of other differential diagnoses as well as an excellent response to standard antibrucellosis treatment in this case.
The Law of Population: A Treatise, in Six Books, in Disproof of the Superfecundity of Human Beings, and Developing the Real Principle of Their Increase.
These concepts are beautiful in their own right, not proof or disproof of the ultimate, metaphysical character of Being.