Definition of rebut in English:

rebut

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Pronunciation: /rɪˈbʌt
 
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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.
Synonyms
refute, deny, disprove, prove wrong, prove false; invalidate, negate, contradict, counter, discredit, give the lie to, drive a coach and horses through, quash, explode, shoot down, destroy
informal shoot full of holes, blow sky-high
2 archaic Drive back or repel (a person or attack): but he ... their sharp assault right boldly did rebut
More 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.

Origin

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.

Derivatives

rebuttable

adjective
More 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.

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