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[dis-proov] /dɪsˈpruv/
verb (used with object), disproved, disproving.
to prove (an assertion, claim, etc.) to be false or wrong; refute; invalidate:
I disproved his claim.
Origin of disprove
1350-1400; Middle English < Anglo-French, Old French desprover, equivalent to des- -dis-1 + prover to prove
Related forms
disprovable, adjective
disprover, noun
undisprovable, adjective
undisproved, adjective
Can be confused
deny, disapprove, disprove, rebut, refute (see synonym study at deny)
disapprove, disprove, rebut, refute.
discredit, contradict, negate, confute. Unabridged
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  • Addison disproved of that severity and malice which was too common among the writers of his age.

    History of English Humour, Vol. 2 (of 2) Alfred Guy Kingan L'Estrange
  • At all events, this was a phenomenon which could not be disproved, and there were many who believed it true.

    Murder Point Coningsby Dawson
  • The latter I shall keep to myself—until my theory is disproved.

    Mademoiselle of Monte Carlo William Le Queux
  • We have—you have disproved the love I was so presumptuous as to believe you fostered for me.

    Bardelys the Magnificent Rafael Sabatini
  • But unless the information thus received is known to the living, its truth or falsity can never be proved or disproved.

  • There is never a point of time at which you can say, 'The tradition is now disproved.'

    Loss and Gain John Henry Newman
  • If the hypothesis is disproved, it will merely leave the question of solar variations where it is today.

    Climatic Changes Ellsworth Huntington
British Dictionary definitions for disproved


(transitive) to show (an assertion, claim, etc) to be incorrect
Derived Forms
disprovable, adjective
disproval, noun
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Word Origin and History for disproved



late 14c., from Old French desprover "refute, contradict," from des- (see dis-) + prover (see prove). Related: Disproved; disproving.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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