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Definition of REFUTATION

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Refutation \Ref`u*ta"tion\ (r?f`?*t?"sh?n), n. [L. refutatio: cf. F. r['e]futation.] The act or process of refuting or disproving, or the state of being refuted; proof of falsehood or error; the overthrowing of an argument, opinion, testimony, doctrine, or theory, by argument or countervailing proof. [1913 Webster]

           Same of his blunders seem rather to deserve a flogging than a refutation.                       --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

83 Moby Thesaurus words for "refutation": abjuration, abjurement, abrogation, absolute contradiction, annulment, answer, argument, argumentum, case, complete answer, confounding, confutation, cons, consideration, contradiction, contraremonstrance, contrary assertion, contravention, controversion, counteraccusation, counterblast, countercharge, counterclaim, countering, counterreply, counterstatement, crossing, defense, demolition, demurrer, denial, disaffirmation, disallowance, disavowal, disclaimer, disclamation, discrediting, disownment, disproof, effective rejoinder, elenchus, exception, forswearing, gainsaying, ignoratio elenchi, impugnment, nullification, objection, overthrow, overthrowal, plaidoyer, plea, pleading, pleadings, pros, pros and cons, reason, rebuttal, rebutter, recantation, refutal, rejoinder, renunciation, replication, reply, repudiation, response, retractation, retraction, revocation, riposte, special demurrer, special pleading, squelch, statement of defense, subversion, surrebuttal, surrebutter, surrejoinder, talking point, undermining, upset, upsetting

Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 [moby-thesaurus]

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