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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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of rebut

rebuttedrebutting

  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

rebuttable play \-ˈbə-tə-bəl\ adjective

Examples of rebut in a sentence

  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 for Students

rebuttedrebutting

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




Law Dictionary

rebut

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transitive verb re·but \ri-ˈbət\

Legal Definition of rebut

rebuttedrebutting

  1. :  to refute, counteract, or disprove (as opposing evidence) by evidence or argument <rebut damaging testimony> <rebut a presumption>

rebuttable adjective
rebuttably adverb


Origin of rebut

Anglo-French reboter rebuter to answer a charge, bar from an action, literally, to repulse, rebuff, from Old French reboter, from re- back + boter to push, butt



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