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impugn Line breaks: im¦pugn
Pronunciation: /ɪmˈpjuːn/

Definition of impugn in English:


[with object]
Dispute the truth, validity, or honesty of (a statement or motive); call into question: the father does not impugn her capacity as a good mother
More example sentences
  • They have also attacked the professor personally by impugning his motives and accusing him of opportunism.
  • Now actually look at what we say, rather than impugning our motives.
  • I really don't have a problem with the substance of his rejoinder, and I certainly did not mean to impugn his motives in my original post.


Pronunciation: /ɪmˈpjuːnəb(ə)l/
Example sentences
  • I am, therefore, of the clear view that as a matter of English law, if unaffected by international considerations, the justices' decision is not impugnable as a matter of law in this court.
  • The plaintiff does not submit that the conduct is impugnable otherwise than under the Ontario Human Rights Act.
Pronunciation: /ɪmˈpjuːnm(ə)nt/


Late Middle English (also in the sense 'assault, attack physically'): from Latin impugnare 'assail', from in- 'towards' + pugnare 'fight'.

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