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refute meaning

EN[rɪˈfjuːt] [rəˈfjut] [-uːt]
US
WRefute
  • The defence called several respectable witnesses who were able to refute the fale testimony.
FR réfute

    Definition of refute in English Dictionary

  • VerbSGrefutesPRrefutingPT, PPrefutedPREré-SUF-té
    1. VT To prove (something) to be false or incorrect.
      1. After we came out of the church, we stood talking for some time together of Bishop Berkeley's ingenious sophistry to prove the non-existence of matter, and that every thing in the universe is merely ideal. I observed, that though we are satisfied his doctrine is not true, it is impossible to refute it.
    2. VT To deny the truth or correctness of (something).
      1. I never shall forget the alacrity with which Johnson answered, striking his foot with mighty force against a large stone, till he rebounded from it, "I refute it thus."
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    1. Used in the Middle of Sentence
      • I never shall forget the alacrity with which Johnson answered, striking his foot with mighty force against a large stone, till he rebounded from it, "I refute it thus."
      • If you feel it is the duty of others to refute the claim, and not of yourself to support it, then how about refuting the existence of invisible pink unicorns?
      • If you feel it is the duty of others to refute the claim, and not of yourself to support it, then how about refuting the existence of invisible pink unicorns?
  • Part-of-Speech Hierarchy
    1. Verbs
      • Transitive verbs
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    1. en refuted
    2. en refuter
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    4. en refuters
    5. en refutest
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    Grammatically, this word "refute" is a verb, more specifically, a transitive verb.
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