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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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  • Both of these claims can and have been disproved by scientific means.
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  • Of course such a thing is an impossibility, as if evolution could be proved or disproved by a single experiment.
  • Long after proofs have been disproved, he knew, insights remain fresh.
  • But the data show one claim from the social right disproved.
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  • The idea that the financial turmoil would bring economic, social and then political upheaval seems completely disproved.
  • If a theory has been disproved by those facts then it is rejected in favour of one which better accords with those facts.
  • So the notion that the government does not have the capability to aspire to create green jobs is disproved.
  • Hart's interpretation is not easily proved or disproved.
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.

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