Ref·u·ta·tion n. The act or process of refuting or disproving, or the state of being refuted; proof of falsehood or error; the overthrowing of an argument, opinion, testimony, doctrine, or theory, by argument or countervailing proof.
Same of his blunders seem rather to deserve a flogging than a refutation. --Macaulay.
n 1: the speech act of answering an attack on your assertions;
"his refutation of the charges was short and
persuasive"; "in defense he said the other man started
it" [syn: defense, defence]
2: any evidence that helps to establish the falsity of
something [syn: disproof, falsification]
3: the act of determining that something is false [syn: falsification,