confutable

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confute +‎ -able

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confutable (not comparable)

  1. (archaic or formal) That can be confuted, i.e. shown to be false; disprovable.
    • 1665, Joseph Glanvill, Scepsis Scientifica, edited by John Owen, London: Kegan Paul, Trench & Co., 1885, Chapter 20, p. 152,[1]
      That Caucasus enjoys the Sunbeams three parts of the Nights Vigils; that Danubius ariseth from the Pyrenæan Hills: That the Earth is higher towards the North: are opinions truly charged on Aristotle by the Restorer of Epicurus; and all easily confutable falsities.
    • 1936, A. J. Ayer, Language, Truth, and Logic, London: Victor Gollancz, 1947, Chapter 1, p. 38,[2]
      Nor can we accept the suggestion that a sentence should be allowed to be factually significant if, and only if, it expresses something which is definitely confutable by experience.

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