Confirm and Refute


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Confirm verb – To give evidence or testimony to the truth or factualness of.
Usage example: several eyewitnesses who can confirm the defendant's account of what happened

Refute is an antonym for confirm in topics: ratify, disprove.
Nearby Words: confirmation, confirmatory, confirming, confirmative
Antonyms for Confirm


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Refute verb – To declare not to be true.
Usage example: while he was publicly refuting rumors of a merger, behind the scenes the CEO was working to effect that very outcome

Confirm is an antonym for refute in topics: disprove, prove.
Nearby Words: refutation, refutable, refuting
Antonyms for Refute
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Common collocations

belief confirm belief refute belief
claim confirm claim refute claim
story confirm story refute story
theory confirm theory refute theory
Other nouns: statement, existence, findings, rumor, rumors, claims.

Both words in one sentence

  • His friend, Kensuke, is quite shocked to learn this fact, as he finds out that Shinji can neither confirm or refute any of the rumors he hears through his own sources in the organisation, as Shinji honestly knows next to nothing.
  • Instead, if observations are made while interviewing a person, questions may (and in some cases, should) be asked, and checks are then made to confirm or refute the claims that are made.
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