rebut

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verb re·but \ri-ˈbət\

Definition of rebut

rebutted

rebutting

  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.>

Did You Know?

The -but in rebut once meant basically "butt", so rebut's original meanings were "to drive or beat back" and "to attack with violent language". Rebuttals can still be rather violent, as anyone who has watched some heated moments in a presidential debate can testify. The word is often used by lawyers, since the lawyer for the accused or for the party being sued almost always tries to rebut the charges against his or her client; but it's also used in plenty of contexts outside the courtroom.

Origin and Etymology of rebut

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


First Known Use: 14th century


REBUT Defined for English Language Learners

rebut

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verb re·but \ri-ˈbət\

Definition of rebut for English Language Learners

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


REBUT Defined for Kids

rebut

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verb re·but \ri-ˈbət\

Definition of rebut for Students

rebutted

rebutting

  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

rebutted

rebutting

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

rebuttable

adjective

rebuttably

adverb

Origin and Etymology 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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