re·fute / riˈfyoōt/ • v. [tr.] prove (a statement or theory) to be wrong or false; disprove: these claims have not been convincingly refuted. ∎ prove that (someone) is wrong. ∎ deny or contradict (a statement or accusation): a spokesman totally refuted the allegation of bias.DERIVATIVES: re·fut·a·ble adj.re·fut·al / -ˈfyoōtl/ n. ( rare )ref·u·ta·tion / ˌrefyoŏˈtāshən/ n.re·fut·er n.