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refutation

[ref-yoo-tey-shuh n] /ˌrɛf yʊˈteɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
an act of refuting a statement, charge, etc.; disproof.
Also, refutal
[ri-fyoot-l] /rɪˈfyut l/ (Show IPA)
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Origin of refutation
1540-1550
1540-50; < Latin refūtātiōn- (stem of refūtātiō), equivalent to refūtāt(us) (past participle of refūtāre to refute; see -ate1) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
nonrefutal, noun
nonrefutation, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for refutal

refutation

/ˌrɛfjʊˈteɪʃən/
noun
1.
the act or process of refuting
2.
something that refutes; disproof
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Word Origin and History for refutal

refutation

n.

1540s, from Middle French réfutation (16c.) and directly from Latin refutationem (nominative refutatio) "disproof of a claim or argument," noun of action from past participle stem of refutare (see refute).

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