/kənˈfjut / (say kuhn'fyooht)

verb (t) (confuted, confuting)
1. to prove to be false or defective; disprove: to confute an argument.
2. to prove to be wrong; convict of error by argument or proof: to confute one's opponent.
3. to confound or bring to naught.
{Latin confūtāre}
confuter, noun

Australian English dictionary. 2014.


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