Definition of rebut in English:

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Pronunciation: /rəˈbət/

verb (rebuts, rebutting, rebutted)

[with object]
1Claim or prove that (evidence or an accusation) is false: he had to rebut charges of acting for the convenience of his political friends
More example sentences
  • The Nationalists will now be able to claim independent authority when next they seek to rebut Labour's accusation that ‘divorce is an expensive business’.
  • A lot of time is spent on rebutting accusations and counter-accusations at the expense of development.
  • One, a lawyer, makes detailed submissions rebutting the prosecution evidence.
deny, contradict, controvert, repudiate, counter, attempt to refute, attempt to discredit
informal poke holes in
formal gainsay
2 archaic Drive back or repel (a person or attack).
Example sentences
  • Had Cleveland's message come sooner, perhaps his supporters might have had enough time to rebut the onslaught of attacks.
  • This process took several minutes, though he managed to keep his darker half in check at all times, rebutting him at every strike.
  • Thus, on his account, my ‘zealous effort’ to rebut the authors I discuss harms the cause of peace.



Pronunciation: /rəˈbədəb(ə)l/
Example sentences
  • There was a presumption for life, but the presumption is rebuttable.
  • If you regard a presumption as rebuttable, you are NOT following it dogmatically!
  • However, if the transfer is to a child… there is a rebuttable presumption of advancement or gift instead.


Middle English (in the senses 'rebuke' and 'repulse'): from Anglo-Norman French rebuter, from Old French re- (expressing opposition) + boter 'to butt'. Sense 1 (originally a legal use) dates from the early 19th century.

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Syllabification: re·but

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