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  1. (mainly Template loop detected: Template:context 1) Introduction of evidence which conclusively establishes that a belief or hypothesis is not true or which diminishes the acceptability of a belief or hypothesis.
    • 1990, Donald P. Spence, "Theories of the Mind: Science or Literature?," Poetics Today, vol. 11, no. 2, p. 331,
      Once we move our search to the region of the mind, we find that access to the facts becomes much more difficult; as a result, disconfirmation is largely out of reach and metaphor begins to flourish.
  2. (countable) A particular fact, observation, or other item of evidence which shows or tends to show that a belief or hypothesis is not true.
    • 1981, Daniel M. Hausman, "John Stuart Mill's Philosophy of Economics," Philosophy of Science, vol. 48, no. 3, p. 366,
      One can reduce the disconfirmations of economic generalizations by specifying a margin of error.

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