[Word-ology] Disprove=Dis+Prov+E

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Today, we are going to learn a new etymon ”prov’‘ with the word ”disprove”. The etymon ”prov means ”test, prove” and it has the same meaning as ”prob”.

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The word consists of three etyma, the first “dis” means “opposite”, “prov means “test, prove”, and the etyma ”v” at the end of the word means that this word is a verb. By combining them together, we can easily deduce that the meaning of the word “disprove” is “opposite of ”prove”, prove to be false”.

And it is very easy to find a basic combination between what we deduced and the definition in the Oxford Dictionary, ” to show that something is wrong or false“.


Now it’s your time to figure out the meanings of the following words.

reprove=re-[against]+prov-[prove, test]+e-[v.]

probe=prob-[prove]+e-[v.]


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