counterproof

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

counter- +‎ proof

Noun[edit]

counterproof ‎(plural counterproofs)

  1. (printing) The inverted image of an original proof.
  2. (logic) A proof that contradicts a given statement.
    • 2001, Linda Dégh, Legend and Belief: Dialectics of a Folklore Genre (page 4)
      It seems that ghosts and legendary encounters in general thrive under the protection of law because their extranormal statements and implications require proof and provoke the less convincing counterproof.