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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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  • How clear, how true a refutation were these revealings of the imputations that had been cast upon her!

    Deerbrook Harriet Martineau
  • He could assert now, without fear of refutation, that Stryker had lied.

    The Black Bag Louis Joseph Vance
  • The discontinuity of semi-accusation was bewildering, and refutation hung fire for a moment.

    It Never Can Happen Again William De Morgan
  • Why, Mr. President, the Senator's own speech is a refutation of its own argument.

  • But even as he was summoning words, refutation utter and complete came from the air.

  • He turned on his heel, disgusted at this refutation of his theories.

    Peak and Prairie Anna Fuller
  • Nor does what he wrote later on to the contrary in aid of the Fisc, of which he was then Advocate, stand in refutation; Spada.

British Dictionary definitions for refutation


the act or process of refuting
something that refutes; disproof
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for refutation

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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