There is no RationalWiki without you. We are a small non-profit with no staff – we are hundreds of volunteers who document pseudoscience and crankery around the world every day. We will never allow ads because we must remain independent. We cannot rely on big donors with corresponding big agendas. We are not the largest website around, but we believe we play an important role in defending truth and objectivity.
If everyone who saw this today donated $5, we would meet our goal for 2019.
| Fighting pseudoscience isn't free.|
We are 100% user-supported! Help and donate $5, $20 or whatever you can today with !
| Part of the series on|
Logic and rhetoric
Refuting means to disprove or debunk an assertion, by presentation of facts and/or logical analysis.
One of our delightful IP visitors, however, thinks this:
[Refuting:] To disagree, or assert the opposite.
The original meaning was to DISPROVE something, but no one uses that anymoer
A modern example is "The Prime Minister refuted the suggestion that he was a fool, by saying that he wasn't." (sic)