- to prove (a person, statement, etc.) to be in error or false; overcome by argument or proof
- Obs. to make useless
Origin of confuteClassical Latin confutare ; from com-, intensive + an unverified form futare ; from Indo-European base an unverified form bhau-t, an unverified form bhu-t, to strike, beat
transitive verbcon·fut·ed, con·fut·ing, con·futes
- To prove to be wrong or in error; refute decisively.
- Obsolete To confound.
Origin of confuteLatin cōnfūtāre; see bhau- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present confutes, present participle confuting, simple past and past participle confuted)