rebut


Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Legal.

re·but

 (rĭ-bŭt′)
v. re·but·ted, re·but·ting, re·buts
v.tr.
1. To refute, especially by offering opposing evidence or arguments, as in a legal case: rebut an allegation.
2. To repel or reject: She rebutted his advances.
v.intr.
To present opposing evidence or arguments.

[Middle English reboten, rebutte, to rebuke, repel, from Old French rebouter : re-, re- + bouter, to push (of Germanic origin; see bhau- in Indo-European roots).]

rebut

(rɪˈbʌt)
vb, -buts, -butting or -butted
(tr) to refute or disprove, esp by offering a contrary contention or argument
[C13: from Old French reboter, from re- + boter to thrust, butt3]
reˈbuttable adj
reˈbuttal n

re•but

(rɪˈbʌt)

v. -but•ted, -but•ting. v.t.
1. to refute by evidence or argument.
2. to oppose by contrary proof.
v.i.
3. to provide some evidence or argument that refutes or opposes.
[1250–1300; Middle English reb(o)uten < Old French rebouter=re- re- + bouter to butt3]
re•but′ta•ble, adj.

rebut

, refute - To rebut a statement is to offer clear evidence or a reasoned argument against it; to refute a statement is to prove it wrong (neither means "contradict" or "deny").
See also related terms for prove.

rebut


Past participle: rebutted
Gerund: rebutting

Imperative
rebut
rebut
Present
I rebut
you rebut
he/she/it rebuts
we rebut
you rebut
they rebut
Preterite
I rebutted
you rebutted
he/she/it rebutted
we rebutted
you rebutted
they rebutted
Present Continuous
I am rebutting
you are rebutting
he/she/it is rebutting
we are rebutting
you are rebutting
they are rebutting
Present Perfect
I have rebutted
you have rebutted
he/she/it has rebutted
we have rebutted
you have rebutted
they have rebutted
Past Continuous
I was rebutting
you were rebutting
he/she/it was rebutting
we were rebutting
you were rebutting
they were rebutting
Past Perfect
I had rebutted
you had rebutted
he/she/it had rebutted
we had rebutted
you had rebutted
they had rebutted
Future
I will rebut
you will rebut
he/she/it will rebut
we will rebut
you will rebut
they will rebut
Future Perfect
I will have rebutted
you will have rebutted
he/she/it will have rebutted
we will have rebutted
you will have rebutted
they will have rebutted
Future Continuous
I will be rebutting
you will be rebutting
he/she/it will be rebutting
we will be rebutting
you will be rebutting
they will be rebutting
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been rebutting
you have been rebutting
he/she/it has been rebutting
we have been rebutting
you have been rebutting
they have been rebutting
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been rebutting
you will have been rebutting
he/she/it will have been rebutting
we will have been rebutting
you will have been rebutting
they will have been rebutting
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been rebutting
you had been rebutting
he/she/it had been rebutting
we had been rebutting
you had been rebutting
they had been rebutting
Conditional
I would rebut
you would rebut
he/she/it would rebut
we would rebut
you would rebut
they would rebut
Past Conditional
I would have rebutted
you would have rebutted
he/she/it would have rebutted
we would have rebutted
you would have rebutted
they would have rebutted
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.rebut - overthrow by argument, evidence, or proof; "The speaker refuted his opponent's arguments"
repudiate, disown, renounce - cast off; "She renounced her husband"; "The parents repudiated their son"
controvert, contradict, oppose - be resistant to; "The board opposed his motion"
answer - give a defence or refutation of (a charge) or in (an argument); "The defendant answered to all the charges of the prosecution"
2.rebut - prove to be false or incorrect
confute, disprove - prove to be false; "The physicist disproved his colleagues' theories"

rebut

verb disprove, defeat, overturn, quash, refute, negate, invalidate, prove wrong, confute He spent most of his speech rebutting criticisms.

rebut

verb
To prove or show to be false:
Translations

rebut

[rɪˈbʌt] VTrebatir, impugnar

rebut

[rɪˈbʌt] vt [+ charge, allegation, objections] → réfuter

rebut

vt argument, contentionwiderlegen; charges, allegationsentkräften

rebut

[rɪˈbʌt] vt (frm) → confutare
References in periodicals archive ?
The Eighth Circuit decision was the first circuit court to address the standards under which defendants can offer evidence of a lack of price impact to rebut the fraud-on-the-market presumption of reliance, under the Supreme Courts Halliburton II decision.
DAVID Cameron was set to use his keynote speech to the Tory conference today to rebut Labour's claim that his lack of experience makes him unfit to lead the country through a time of crisis.
DAVID Cameron was to use his keynote speech to the Conservative conference today to rebut Labour's claim that his lack of experience makes him unfit to lead the country through a time of crisis.
DAVID Cameron was using his keynote speech to the Conservative conference today to rebut Labour's claim that his lack of experience makes him unfit to lead the country.
As reported in the Echo on Saturday, Ms Hart wrote to all AMs to rebut criticisms of the Welsh NHS from England's health minister Ben Bradshaw.
Believe me, in states like Idaho we need all the help we can get to rebut the relentless propaganda of tort "reform" proponents like the national Chamber of Commerce.
Evidence that Gaines harbored racial animus against (b)lack persons was relevant to demonstrate his motives for his actions, and to rebut evidence that he acted only in self defense,'' the ruling said.
I put a position, rebut it, refute it, refute the rebuttal, and rebut the refutation"
Paul-Henri Rebut, for "his seminal contributions to progress in magnetic confinement fusion, including his pioneering work in plasma theory, and his contributions to the development of various early magnetic confinement configurations.
Under the proposed regulations, taxpayers may rebut a triggering event if they can demonstrate to the IRS's satisfaction that there can be no foreign use of the DCL.
The advice I was given when dealing with such situations because my natural inclination was to rebut the inaccuracies, and an axiom I continue to adhere to is this: Never get into a pissing contest with a skunk.
She sobbed on the film - made to rebut Martin Bashir's "damaging documentary" - but was told to do it again, said ex-Jacko employee Rudy Provencio.