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 (ĭ-rĕf′yə-tə-bəl, ĭr′ĭ-fyo͞o′-)
Impossible to refute or disprove; incontrovertible: irrefutable arguments; irrefutable evidence of guilt.

ir·ref′u·ta·bil′i·ty n.
ir·ref′u·ta·bly adv.
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