self-refuting

refute

[ri-fyoot]
verb (used with object), refuted, refuting.
1.
to prove to be false or erroneous, as an opinion or charge.
2.
to prove (a person) to be in error.

Origin:
1505–15; < Latin refūtāre to check, suppress, refute, rebut, equivalent to re- re- + -fūtāre presumably, “to beat” (attested only with the prefixes con- and re-; cf. confute)

refutable [ri-fyoo-tuh-buhl, ref-yuh-tuh-] , adjective
refutability, noun
refutably, adverb
refuter, noun
self-refuted, adjective
self-refuting, adjective
unrefutable, adjective
unrefutably, adverb
unrefuted, adjective
unrefuting, adjective

1. deny, disapprove, disprove, rebut, refute (see synonym study at deny) ; 2. disapprove, disprove, rebut, refute ; 3. dispute, refute ; 4. repudiate, refute, refudiate (see word story at refudiate).


1. disprove, rebut. 1, 2. confute.
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refute (rɪˈfjuːt)
 
vb
1.  (tr) to prove (a statement, theory, charge, etc) of (a person) to be false or incorrect; disprove
2.  to deny (a claim, charge, allegation, etc)
 
[C16: from Latin refūtāre to rebut]
 
usage  The use of refute to mean deny is thought by many people to be incorrect
 
refutable
 
adj
 
refutability
 
n
 
'refutably
 
adv
 
re'futer
 
n

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refute
1513, "refuse, reject," from L. refutare "drive back, repress, repel, rebut," from re- "back" + -futare "to beat," probably from PIE base *bhat- "to strike down" (cf. beat). Meaning "prove wrong" dates from 1545. Since c.1964 linguists have frowned on the subtle shift in meaning towards "to deny," as
it is used in connection with allegation.
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