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ref·u·ta·tion

 (rĕf′yo͝o-tā′shən) also re·fut·al (rĭ-fyo͞ot′l)
n.
1. The act of refuting.
2. Something, such as an argument, that refutes someone or something.

refutation

(ˌrɛfjʊˈteɪʃən)
n
1. the act or process of refuting
2. something that refutes; disproof

ref•u•ta•tion

(ˌrɛf yʊˈteɪ ʃən)

also re•fut•al

(rɪˈfyut l)

n.
an act of refuting a statement, charge, etc.; disproof.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.refutation - 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"
answer - the speech act of replying to a question
confutation - the speech act of refuting conclusively
rebuttal - the speech act of refuting by offering a contrary contention or argument
2.refutation - 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
3.refutation - 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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refutation

[ˌrefjʊˈteɪʃən] Nrefutación f

refutation

nWiderlegung f

refutation

[ˌrɛfjuːˈteɪʃn] n (frm) → confutazione f

refute

(rəˈfjuːt) verb
to prove that (a person, statement etc) is wrong. You can easily refute his argument.
reˈfutable adjective
ˌrefuˈtation (refju-) noun
References in classic literature ?
He would transfer a question to metaphysical heights, pass on to definitions of space, time, and thought, and, having deduced the refutation he needed, would again descend to the level of the original discussion.
Again, when Socrates argues that he must believe in the gods because he believes in the sons of gods, we must remember that this is a refutation not of the original indictment, which is consistent enough--'Socrates does not receive the gods whom the city receives, and has other new divinities' --but of the interpretation put upon the words by Meletus, who has affirmed that he is a downright atheist.
With regard to civil causes, subtleties almost too contemptible for refutation have been employed to countenance the surmise that a thing which is only not provided for, is entirely abolished.
Some years ago I might have been induced, by an occasion like the present, to attempt a formal refutation of their doctrine; at present it would be a work of supererogation.
The natural divisions are five in number;--( 1) Book I and the first half of Book II down to the paragraph beginning, "I had always admired the genius of Glaucon and Adeimantus," which is introductory; the first book containing a refutation of the popular and sophistical notions of justice, and concluding, like some of the earlier Dialogues, without arriving at any definite result.
The people, in the case of which we speak, could justify its prejudice against Roger Chillingworth by no fact or argument worthy of serious refutation.
Well," said Franz with a sigh, "do as you please my dear viscount, for your arguments are beyond my powers of refutation.
Two posts came in, and brought no refutation, public or private.
Often the pleasure is illusory, but their error in calculation is no refutation of the rule.
And in his action I found complete refutation of all Wolf Larsen's materialism.
What word have you to say in refutation of the charge?
Newman pointed to the empty glass, as though it were a sufficient refutation of the charge, and briefly said that he was going downstairs to supper.