- to prove (a person, statement, etc.) to be in error or false; overcome by argument or proof
- Obsolete to make useless
Origin: Classical Latin confutare ; from com-, intensive plush an unverified form futare ; from Indo-European base an unverified form bhau-t, an unverified form bhu-t, to strike, beat
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transitive verb con·fut·ed, con·fut·ing, con·futes
- To prove to be wrong or in error; refute decisively.
- Obsolete To confound.
Origin: Latin cōnfūtāre; see bhau- in Indo-European roots.
- con·futˈa·ble adjective
- con·fuˈta·tive adjective
- con·futˈer noun