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Date: 1500-1600
Language: Latin
Origin: refutare, from -futare 'to hit'

refute

verb
     
re‧fute [transitive] formal
1 to prove that a statement or idea is not correct [= rebut]
refute a hypothesis/a claim/an idea etc
an attempt to refute Darwin's theories
2 to say that a statement is wrong or unfair [= deny]
refute an allegation/a suggestion etc
She refuted any allegations of malpractice.
refutable adjective
refutation noun [uncountable and countable]

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