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confutation

[kon-fyoo-tey-shuh n] /ˌkɒn fyʊˈteɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
the act of confuting.
2.
something that confutes.
3.
Classical Oratory. the fourth section of a speech, given over to direct refutation.
Origin
late Middle English
1425-1475
1425-75; late Middle English confutacioun (< Middle French) < Latin confūtātiōn- (stem of confūtātiō), equivalent to confūtāt(us) silenced (past participle of confūtāre; see confute, -ate1) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
confutative
[kuh n-fyoo-tuh-tiv] /kənˈfyu tə tɪv/ (Show IPA),
adjective
unconfutative, adjective
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Examples for confutation
  • It is no pleasure to me, in revising my volumes, to observe how much paper is wasted in confutation.
Word Origin and History for confutation
confutation
1520s, from L. confutationem, noun of action from confutare (see confute).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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