AskDefine | Define confute

Dictionary Definition

confute v : prove to be false; "The physicist disproved his colleagues' theories" [syn: disprove] [ant: prove]

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  1. To disprove or refute; to show something to be false.

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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