Which is not exactly a refutation or a denial so much as a talking point aimed at giving political partisans something to say.
Charlus' physical bravery is Proust's refutation of an ancient antigay stereotype.
Step Five: For each answer formulates new searches to find evidence in support or refutation of answer—score the evidence.
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).