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rebut

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verb re·but \ri-ˈbət\

Simple Definition of rebut

  • : to prove (something) is false by using arguments or evidence

Full Definition of rebut

re·but·tedre·but·ting

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to drive or beat back :  repel

  3. 2 a :  to contradict or oppose by formal legal argument, plea, or countervailing proof b :  to expose the falsity of :  refute

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to make or furnish an answer or counter proof

re·but·ta·ble play \-ˈbə-tə-bəl\ adjective

Examples of rebut

  1. Her lawyer attempted to rebut the witness's testimony.

  2. <Stalingrad's defenders were finally able to rebut the besiegers, but only after a horrendous loss of life.>



Origin of rebut

Middle English, from Anglo-French reboter, from re- + boter to butt — more at butt


First Known Use: 14th century


REBUT Defined for Kids

rebut

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verb re·but \ri-ˈbət\

Definition of rebut

re·but·tedre·but·ting

  1. :  to prove to be wrong by argument or by proof





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