- to refute by evidence or argument.
- to oppose by contrary proof.
- to provide some evidence or argument that refutes or opposes.
Origin of rebut
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1. disprove, confute.
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Examples from the Web for rebutting
Rebutting criticism from her friends, she returned to her home country.The Nigerian Women Who Fight for Democracy
October 1, 2014
Rebutting my suggestion that a Romney foreign policy would be hyper-cautious, Andrew writes: Not.Sheldon Adelson's War?
August 30, 2012
Stephens is obviously the ‘conservative’, rebutting Mill, the ‘liberal’.Freedom Of Religion? Let's Not Get Carried Away
August 15, 2012
In his first moment as president, Obama closed the age of Reagan by rebutting its first principles and addressing its failures.Goodnight, Bush
January 20, 2009
You will see how long you ought to persist in rebutting his follies.Letters of John Calvin, Volume II (of 4)
You may say what you will in print about him, he brings no rebutting evidence.Around The Tea-Table
T. De Witt Talmage
Time has not been allowed us for rebutting this evidence by counter-evidence.'John Caldigate
The loyal owner, fired with indignation at this foul charge, rebutting the accusation with contempt.
"No rebutting evidence," seemed to be the mysterious whisper circulating through the court.The Shadow of a Sin
Bertha M. Clay
- (tr) to refute or disprove, esp by offering a contrary contention or argument
C13: from Old French reboter, from re- + boter to thrust, butt ³
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Word Origin and History for rebutting
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