falsification

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falsification

  1. the empirical disproofor refutation of a scientific hypothesis or proposed law. In this general sense, the falsification or the empirical confirmation or verification of propositions of all types is a routine feature of much sociology.
  2. (more strictly) an alternative procedure to VERIFICATION. See FALSIFICATIONISM. see also VERIFICATION PRINCIPLE.
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