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dis- +‎ confirm


disconfirm (third-person singular simple present disconfirms, present participle disconfirming, simple past and past participle disconfirmed)

  1. (transitive) To establish the falsity of a claim or belief; to show or to tend to show that a theory or hypothesis is not valid.
    • 1943, Carl G. Hempel, "A Purely Syntactical Definition of Confirmation," The Journal of Symbolic Logic, vol. 8, no. 4, p. 122,
      The empirical data obtained in a test—or, as we shall prefer to say, the observation sentences describing those data—may then either confirm or disconfirm the given hypothesis, or they may be neutral with respect to it.


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  • disconfirm” in Dictionary.com Unabridged: Dictionary.com, LLC, 1995–.
  • disconfirm” in Microsoft's Encarta World English Dictionary, North American Edition (2007)
  • Oxford English Dictionary, second edition (1989)