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disconfirm

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Pronunciation: /dɪskənˈfəːm
 
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Definition of disconfirm in English:

verb

[with object]
Show that (a belief or hypothesis) is not or may not be true: Cohen may have found evidence disconfirming the hypothesis
More example sentences
  • If reality was going to be in such poor form as to disconfirm their belief, they would find a way to make belief and reality match.
  • Research validates or disconfirms theory, thereby leading to its refinement and modification.
  • It seems that people usually feel no need to question their developing beliefs, and that evidence which might disconfirm them is ignored.

Derivatives

disconfirmation

1
Pronunciation: /ˌdɪskɒnfəˈmeɪʃ(ə)n/
noun
Example sentences
  • But such a belief is hard to maintain and is hence vulnerable to disconfirmation in various ways.
  • They misinterpreted data and gave extraordinary significance to confirmations, while ignoring or not seeking disconfirmations.
  • Themes are identified and similarities and contradictions emerge in the analysis, with confirmation or disconfirmation of findings supported in subsequent interviews.

disconfirmatory

2
adjective
Example sentences
  • This lack of integration of situational cues into their self-conceptions may account for the maintenance of optimistic self-views in the face of disconfirmatory feedback, such as rejection by peers.
  • They gave full attention to confirmatory data, but were unaware of or oblivious to disconfirmatory data.
  • We present a new method for extracting, representing and propagating qualitative correlations among hypotheses as confirmatory or disconfirmatory evidence of uncertain reasoning.

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