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v. re·but·ted, re·but·ting, re·buts
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.
To present opposing evidence or arguments.
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]
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.
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.
Past participle: rebutted
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|Verb||1.||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"
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|