Definition of disproof in US English:



  • 1A set of facts that prove that something is untrue.

    ‘the theory also provides a disproof of the principle of closure’
    • ‘And he regards such theories as decisive ‘disproofs’ of theism.’
    • ‘I also like when it's my birthday and you look up who else was born on your birthday and it seems like that's the strongest disproof of astrology.’
    • ‘There, I am told, we will find compelling disproofs of creationist geology.’
    • ‘Over the last three years, various ‘disproofs’ have been put forward, but none stands up to scrutiny.’
    • ‘For a moment, it looked as if the company's implosion would be the disgraceful disproof of that.’
    • ‘It seems to me intellectually entirely consistent, emotionally true in lots of ways, and unbelievable only on the balance of probabilities, which is no disproof at all.’
    • ‘Maybe there is a mathematical proof deciding this question; maybe every mathematical question is decidable by an intuitive proof or disproof.’
    • ‘Science is not yet equipped to answer the ultimate questions perhaps, but at least it looks for proof or disproof and is ever-changing as new evidence appears.’
    • ‘In fact I conclude that there appears to be neither a proof nor a disproof of the existence of God.’
    • ‘This is an attempt to bring us to a better understanding of the Second Law of Thermodynamics, which the creationists - through willful ignorance - gleefully flaunt as their disproof of science.’
    • ‘Unlike Church, Turing developed his disproof of Hilbert's conjecture around the conception of a hypothetical machine which would decide the truth of statements by a set of well-defined sequential operations.’
    • ‘If you really want to look at the early history of the idea and some of its disproofs, see here.’
    • ‘Failure to support the hypothesis cannot be construed as disproof, but it docs indicate that the hypothesis subsumes significant underlying variations in the structures it homologizes.’
    1. 1.1 The action of proving that something is untrue.
      ‘considerations that are subject to scientific verification or disproof’
      • ‘The real world does provide the possibility of disproof.’
      • ‘I'm probably getting certain particulars of this wrong, but there's a basic principle in scientific theory: an hypothesis, to be a real hypothesis, must be capable of disproof.’
      • ‘The simplest definition is that relevant observations are those that could disprove the hypothesis, for disproof is often possible even though absolute proof is not.’
      • ‘The endlessly announced death, disproof and fraudulence of psychoanalysis is not merely the sport of bigots.’
      • ‘In the United States, nebulous factors like ‘leadership’ or ‘overcoming adversity’ have likewise served as automatic offsets whose validity or lack of validity is not subject to proof or disproof.’
      • ‘Science must always allow itself doubt in order to advance: it is not simply a case of complying with Karl Popper's strictures on the need for theories to be vulnerable to disproof.’
      • ‘It is true that biblical creation is not the only alternative, so it is not proven by disproof of evolution.’
      • ‘That statement is not capable of proof or disproof.’
      • ‘To put it quite simply, if disproof is what really matters, then the most important feature of any intellectual or scientific enterprise will be, as John Eccles said at the beginning of the show, boldness and criticism.’
      • ‘These doctrines are not subject to empirical proof or disproof, since they are, in the last analysis, metaphysical, or at least axiological.’
      • ‘All science is, and should be, subject to challenge and disproof.’
      • ‘There is both the possibility of thinking well, and thinking badly, even when there is no possibility of proof and disproof.’
      • ‘The longer a scientific theory resists disproof and continues to explain data well, the more certain we are that it is true.’
      • ‘It is not a direct proof that the mind is something more than a machine, but a schema of disproof for any particular version of mechanism that may be put forward.’
      • ‘An antinomy is a pair of mutually exclusive philosophical claims (there is a God; there isn't a God) both of which are equally open to philosophic proof / disproof.’
      • ‘And even where conclusive proof or disproof is not to be expected, some views may be better supported than others.’
      • ‘Most objections to same-sex marriage seem to be rooted in religious faith or prejudice and defy proof or disproof.’
      • ‘The more such hypotheses resist disproof and the more evidence supporting these hypotheses are found, the better these hypotheses will do.’
      • ‘No, but it is a relevant fact which was proved, indeed, incapable of disproof.’
      • ‘As a non-science, psychology is immune to disproof of its claims.’