AskDefine | Define refutation

Dictionary Definition



1 the speech act of answering an attack on your assertions; "his refutation of the charges was short and persuasive"; "in defense he said the other man started it" [syn: defense, defence]
2 any evidence that helps to establish the falsity of something [syn: disproof, falsification]
3 the act of determining that something is false [syn: falsification, falsifying, disproof]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. An act of refuting or disproving; the overthrowing of an argument, opinion, testimony, doctrine or theory by argument or countervailing proof; confutation; disproof; evidence of falseness.
  2. A vocal answer to an attack on one's assertions


an act of refuting


Extensive Definition

In informal logic an objection, also known as a refutation, is a reason arguing against a premise, lemma or main contention. An objection to an objection is known as a rebuttal.

See also

refutation in Portuguese: Refutação

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