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to argue to the contrary; disprove; confute: rebut an argument
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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.
[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).]
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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]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
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.
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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.
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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|
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verb disprove, defeat, overturn, quash, refute, negate, invalidate, prove wrong, confute He spent most of his speech rebutting criticisms.
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Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005
rebut[rɪˈbʌt] vt [+ charge, allegation, objections] → réfuter
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Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007
rebut[rɪˈbʌt] vt (frm) → confutare
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