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rebut

verb re·but \ri-ˈbət\

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

re·but·tedre·but·ting

Full Definition of REBUT

transitive verb
1
:  to drive or beat back :  repel
2
a :  to contradict or oppose by formal legal argument, plea, or countervailing proof
b :  to expose the falsity of :  refute
intransitive verb
:  to make or furnish an answer or counter proof
re·but·ta·ble \-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

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