disprove

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v disprove prove to be false "The physicist disproved his colleagues' theories"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Disprove To disallow; to disapprove of.
    • Disprove To prove to be false or erroneous; to confute; to refute. "That false supposition I advanced in order to disprove it."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • disprove To prove to be false or erroneous; confute; refute: as, to disprove an assertion, an argument, or a proposition.
    • disprove To prove not to be genuine, real, or just; set aside by contrary proof; invalidate: as, to disprove a person's claim to land.
    • disprove To convict of the practice of error.
    • disprove To disapprove; disallow.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Disprove dis-prōōv′ to prove to be false or not genuine: to refute:
    • v.t Disprove dis-prōōv′ (arch.) to disapprove
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Pref. dis-, + prove,: cf. OF. desprover,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. disprover. See Prove.

Usage

In literature:

No observer, however, undertook to verify this suggestion or to disprove it.
"Notable Events of the Nineteenth Century" by Various
But to return to my expedition: Fortunately, I was able to disprove the false tales which had prejudiced the country people.
"Memories" by Fannie A. (Mrs.) Beers
We may add that there is nothing in any Scottish record to prove this marriage or to disprove it.
"Sutherland and Caithness in Saga-Time" by James Gray
At that instant, as though to disprove my words, we heard a sharp, quick blow, that sounded like an iron shovel struck upon stones.
"The Gold Hunter's Adventures" by William H. Thomes
The greatest artist might prove that he was an amateur in criticism; and he could not disprove it by appealing to his art.
"Essays on Art" by A. Clutton-Brock
Even if we, accommodating ourselves to your (the Sa@nkhya's) belief, should admit what has been disproved in the preceding Sutra, viz.
"The Vedanta-Sutras with the Commentary by Sankaracarya"
Evidence is scarcely necessary in a case like this, sir, where the state proves more than you can possibly disprove.
"Guy Rivers: A Tale of Georgia" by William Gilmore Simms
There is another possibility which observation has never detected and which science is powerless to disprove.
"The Ascent of the Soul" by Amory H. Bradford
What reasons can you give that disprove the general contention of this chapter?
"The Art of Public Speaking" by Dale Carnagey (AKA Dale Carnegie) and J. Berg Esenwein
There was one very awkward story that could not be disproved as it was told, and in the upshot convicted her.
"The Passenger from Calais" by Arthur Griffiths
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In poetry:

Of the two sexes' love, 'tis said,
(Disprove it if you can,)
Woman loves least before she's wed,
But, after wed, the man.
"Maxims" by William Hutton
'Tis he whose every thought and deed
By rule of virtue moves;
Whose generous tongue disdains to speak
The thing his heart disproves.
"A Gentleman" by Horatius Bonar
``The Teuton hither hies to teach,
To prove, disprove, to delve and probe.
Fool! Pedant! Does he think to reach
The deep foundations of the globe?''
"The Door Of Humility" by Alfred Austin
"Then while the fancied rage alarm'd her care,
Warm to deny, and zealous to disprove,
I bade my words the wonted softness wear,
And seized the minute of returning love.
"Elegy XXVI. Describing the Sorrow of An Ingeneous Mind" by William Shenstone
Your Horace owns he various writ,
As wild or sober maggots bit; And where too much the poet ranted,
The sage philosopher recanted.
His grave Epistles may disprove
The wanton Odes he made to love.
"Alma; or, The Progress of the Mind. In Three Cantos. - Canto I." by Matthew Prior

In news:

Researchers Disprove Resistance With Antibacterial Soap Use.
John Travolta's PDA will disprove all the gay rumors.
Patriots continue to disprove the doubters.
Medvedev misses chance to disprove WikiLeaks label: 'Robin to Putin's Batman'.
Mattapan voters disprove myth about city's communities of color and turnout counts.
Capable of being verified or disproved by observation or experiment.
As engineers we like to turn to empirical evidence (capable of being verified or disproved by observation or.
Tanner Faust and Greg Tracy will have a chance to disprove that theory Saturday.
), so perhaps a feminist comedy–even feminist -lite–has the potential of disproving some misconceptions.
So far in this series, we've focused on scientists who are trying to disprove the existence of free will .
So far in this series, we've focused on scientists who are trying to disprove the existence of free will.
Four of Fenway's acclaimed restaurants are out to disprove the idea that it is difficult to drive or park in Fenway on game nights.
How We Disproved Freud's Idea of Irrational Fear.
Public discussion of evolution often turns into a nasty debate between young-earth creationists on one side and atheists who believe science disproves the existence of God on the other.
Just when it seemed Rick Perry's flagging presidential campaign couldn't get any more desperate, his latest Iowa TV ad disproved that belief.
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In science:

In order to strengthen our results, or to disprove them, we need more CA measurements in solar–type stars in open clusters based on high–resolution spectra and direct age determinations of the open clusters used based on improved colour–magnitude diagrams.
The discontinuous nature of chromospheric activity evolution
We shall look carefully into the problem of distinguishing classes of factorizations, and for this reason we shall introduce a technical novelty allowing a new effective method for disproving stable-equivalence.
Moduli spaces of surfaces and monodromy invariants
Therefore, a basic method to disprove equivalence of factorizations is to disprove equivalence of homomorphic factorizations in a simpler group G′ .
Moduli spaces of surfaces and monodromy invariants
Without such axioms, physics itself couldn't stand, so they are not dropped just because they are "disproved".
The emergence of the physical world from information processing
The work done on the lattice is ideally suited to disprove or confirm the approximate validity of this rule.
Review of lattice results concerning low energy particle physics
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