Prove and Refute


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Prove verb – To show the existence or truth of by evidence.
Usage example: the prosecutor used DNA evidence to prove the defendant's guilt

Refute is an antonym for prove in topics: verify, disprove, put to a test.
Nearby Words: proved, proven, proving, provable
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Refute verb – To prove to be false.
Usage example: the victories of African-American athlete Jesse Owens in the 1936 Olympics effectively refuted the racial views of the Nazis

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

power prove power refute power
claim prove claim refute claim
point prove point refute point
right prove right refute right
Other nouns: story, theory, existence, claims.
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