(third-person singular simple present refutes, present participle refuting, simple past and past participle refuted)
- To prove (something) to be false or incorrect.
- To deny the truth or correctness of (something).
The second meaning of refute (to deny the truth of) is proscribed as erroneous by some (compare Merriam Webster,1994). An alternative term with such a meaning is repudiate, which means to reject or refuse to acknowledge, but without the implication of justification. However, this distinction does not exist in the original Latin refÅ«tÅ (“oppose, resist, rebut"), which can apply to both senses.