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[ref-yoo-tey-shuh n] /ˌrɛf yʊˈteɪ ʃən/
an act of refuting a statement, charge, etc.; disproof.
Also, refutal
[ri-fyoot-l] /rɪˈfyut l/ (Show IPA)
Origin of refutation
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 Unabridged
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  • I am righted before the world; my untiring industry and uprightness of life are the refutal of his calumnies.

    Rose Clark Fanny Fern
  • He had kept Adela's warning in mind, and determined to be calmly dignified in his refutal of the charges brought against him.

    Demos George Gissing
  • Pity the words spent in the refutal of such "reasons" and views!

    Woman under socialism August Bebel
  • Let us therefore pause for a moment whilst we consult other sources of opinion for confirmation or refutal.

    Valere Aude Louis Dechmann
British Dictionary definitions for refutal


the act or process of refuting
something that refutes; disproof
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Word Origin and History for refutal



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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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