A confutation is the act of refuting someone's point forcefully. Accused criminals must offer confutation if they hope to be found innocent.

If you know the verb confute — which means to overwhelm through an argument — this noun will be a no-brainer: it refers to the act of confuting, or a statement that confutes. The meaning is not that far removed from refutation, with which confutation shares a Latin root. A confutation proves that another idea is false or nonsensical. People who argue for a living, like lawyers, are masters of confutation.

Definitions of confutation

n evidence that refutes conclusively

Type of:
disproof, falsification, refutation
any evidence that helps to establish the falsity of something

n the speech act of refuting conclusively

Type of:
defence, defense, refutation
the speech act of answering an attack on your assertions

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