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The vital importance played by the wolf in preserving rather than in destroying the caribou seemed irrefutable to me, although I was by no means sure it would appear in the same light to my employers.
Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  not refutable; impossible to deny or disprove
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irrefutable irrefutably
Standard prefix:  When "ir" is added as a prefix to a familiar word, it usually means "not".
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  • The vital importance played by the wolf in preserving rather than in destroying the caribou seemed irrefutable to me, although I was by no means sure it would appear in the same light to my employers.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • "Your logic is irrefutable, although its foundation isn’t sound."
    Gail Carson Levine  --  Ella Enchanted
  • Tobias’s testimony is irrefutable this way.
    Veronica Roth  --  Insurgent
  • What’s irrefutable is that she’s done exactly what he said.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay

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  • The peasant is irrefutable.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • It’s funny, because he could just arrest me, anyway, based on past crimes, but maybe he has to have something really irrefutable to do it, now that I’m a victor.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • There are no absolutes-as Dr. Pritchett has proved irrefutably.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • An irrefutable demonstration of the brotherhood’s power has already transpired.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • In the morning, we’d wake to irrefutable proof of Morn’s undying love—Dad, snoozing on the couch, under a blanket.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Burned
  • But the evidence verifying the oxygenless climb was irrefutable.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air

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  • Yet as the irrefutable and sapient Tisroc has said it is very grievous to be constrained to keep our hands off such a dainty dish as Narnia.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Horse and His Boy
  • The methods she used were irrefutable.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • His figure, especially the neck and shoulders, communicated the impression of irrefutable physical strength and of precise, even imperial bearing.
    David Guterson  --  Snow Falling on Cedars
  • The test for you is irrefutable.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • And as I found in Pakistan, Mortenson’s Central Asia Institute does, irrefutably, have the results.
    Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin  --  Three Cups of Tea
  • The supposition that Remedios the Beauty Possessed powers of death was then borne out by four irrefutable events.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • I was demonstrating, externally and irrefutably, an inward condition.
    Susanna Kaysen  --  Girl Interrupted
  • I should like to make a chain of evidence such as twice two are four, it ought to be a direct, irrefutable proof!
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • Never before, this has been seen so clearly; never before, this has been presented so irrefutably; truly, the heart of every Brahman has to beat stronger with love, once he has seen the world through your teachings perfectly connected, without gaps, clear as a crystal, not depending on chance, not depending on gods.
    Hermann Hesse  --  Siddhartha
  • It was obvious, and irrefutable.
    Ian McEwan  --  Atonement
  • This irrefutable truth seemed to suggest that the reason scientists cannot detect Quality in objects is because Quality is all they detect.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • On winter’s mornings such as this, when he was very tired and everything dragged itself lethargically through his head, this belief of his seemed irrefutable.
    Franz Kafka  --  The Trial
  • But what I am saying is that it is these sorts of instances which over time come to symbolize an irrefutable fact; namely that one has had the privilege of practising one’s profession at the very fulcrum of great affairs.
    Kazuo Ishiguro  --  The Remains of the Day
  • The black mass of Ross’s wrongdoing emerged slowly and irrefutably.
    Richard Wright  --  Black Boy
  • "The conclusions of this phase are irrefutable," cried the lecturer.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • She was dead, irrevocably dead, the knowledge irrefutable as he lay on the pavement now, his own strange flight ended somehow—he didn’t know how, he didn’t know when he had stopped moving in the air—and he continued to stare at her, unable to move, unable to talk, unable to do anything, and he felt all wet and oozy as if he were lying in a swamp, and he was aware of something warm and wet encompassing him as he looked at his mother, her head at that wrong angle, a rag doll tossed away.
    Robert Cormier  --  I Am the Cheese
  • The genuine realist, if he is an unbeliever, will always find strength and ability to disbelieve in the miraculous, and if he is confronted with a miracle as an irrefutable fact he would rather disbelieve his own senses than admit the fact.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • But it was our first indication of the strength, the formidable, irrefutable strength that comes from solidarity.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • The bold and truly epoch-making writings of the psychoanalysts are indispensable to the student of mythology; for, whatever may be thought of the detailed and sometimes contradictory interpretations of specific cases and problems, Freud, Jung, and their followers have demonstrated irrefutably that the logic, the heroes, and the deeds of myth survive into modern times.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • Some one mentioned that a famous cabaret star was at the next table, so Amory rose and, approaching gallantly, introduced himself…. this involved him in an argument, first with her escort and then with the headwaiter—Amory’s attitude being a lofty and exaggerated courtesy…. he consented, after being confronted with irrefutable logic, to being led back to his own table.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise
  • Oh, be very sure that no such mistaken judgment based on any local or religious or moral theory of conduct or bias, because of presumed irrefutable evidence, is permitted to prejudice you, so that without meaning to, and with the best and highest-minded intentions, you yourselves see a crime, or the intention to commit a crime, when no such crime or any such intention ever truly or legally existed or lodged in the mind or acts of this defendant.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • But why did you not go to the police when you have such …. irrefutable evidence?
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest
  • Herewith lies irrefutable proof of ghosts among us, of life after death!
    Libba Bray  --  Sweet Far Thing
  • I wanted to explain myself, smartly, irrefutably.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  Native Speaker
  • Max saw what the giant saw and it was irrefutable.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Fiend And The Forge
  • The pact is bound in Old Magic—signed in Bram’s own blood and utterly irrefutable.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Second Siege
  • It was something they had always known, but nevertheless, to have it stated in such irrefutable terms had increased the sense of closeness they shared.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Inheritance
  • I will tell you the tale of my wanderings and of the ’Herculean’ labours, as I may call them, which I endured only to find at last the oracle irrefutable.
    Plato  --  The Apology
  • With the irrefutable logic of a man conditioned to follow orders, the Union colonel in charge tells Lee’s courier that he does not have the authority to halt the attack.
    Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Lincoln
  • It brought back former states of revulsion and formed them in one whole irrefutable and damning judgment that seemed to blot out the vaguely dawning and growing happy susceptibilities.
    Zane Grey  --  The Call of the Canyon
  • It was crippling enough that they even permitted David to stay around; he had tried to explain the potential damage to Alex, but Conklin had an irrefutable reply: We can’t stop him.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • But the evidence was irrefutable: the long and brutal spike in crime was moving in the opposite direction, and it wouldn’t stop until the crime rate had fallen back to the levels of forty years earlier.
    Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner  --  Freakonomics
  • The letters not only provided irrefutable proof that the children had been with Holmes but contained geographic references that allowed Geyer to plot the broad contours of the route Holmes and the children had followed.
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
  • Thanks to a photograph that showed the three of them around a table with a misty, winged ectoplasm flying overhead, which some unbelievers attributed to a stain from the developer and others to a simple photographic trick, they were the only people who possessed irrefutable proof that souls can take on physical form.
    Isabel Allende  --  The House of Spirits
  • The supposed fortune of the count had dwindled to a mere nothing, although he had given almost irrefutable evidence of its existence to Lizabetha Prokofievna and Prince S. Besides this, before they had been married half a year, the count and his friend the priest managed to bring about a quarrel between Aglaya and her family, so that it was now several months since they had seen her.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Idiot
  • Irrefutable.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • M. Othon, the magistrate, assured Dr. Rieux that he had found the preacher’s arguments "absolutely irrefutable.
    Albert Camus  --  The Plague
  • I’ve given you the facts as we’ve learned them; they’re irrefutable and Abbott cannot deny them.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • My inside information is irrefutable.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • Many Charlestonians far preferred even whales to cadets, and the annual Salute to the Baleen was the Corps’s recognition of this irrefutable truth.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
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