- 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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Examples from the Web for rebut
No matter how I attempt to rebut these empty slogans, they never lose their power.Why the South Loves Guns
December 16, 2012
These are the facts to rebut just a few of the fallacies I read on a daily basis about our party.The Truth About Yisrael Beytenu
November 9, 2012
He's now running almost a full answer behind as he tries to rebut the last attack.Debate Liveblogging
October 17, 2012
Defend Obamacare with human stories, and rebut Romney on preexisting conditions.Michael Tomasky on the 8 Things Obama Needs to Do in the Debate
October 16, 2012
The White House declined to send a spokesperson to Face the Nation to rebut Senator Graham.Sunday Talk: Stephen Colbert, Lindsey Graham, & More (Video)
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October 14, 2012
Then why should we trouble ourselves with the attempt to rebut it?Phyllis of Philistia
Frank Frankfort Moore
It had come into existence, not from any spiritual need, but entirely to rebut Butcherdom.Old Mole
Not a hint is given that any testimony may be received to rebut the satisfactory proof given by the plaintiff.
Mrs. Roebuck did not attempt to rebut this statement, and the warrant was discharged.Mornings at Bow Street
One cannot believe that it is necessary to rebut that accusation.Woman and Womanhood
C. W. Saleeby
- (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 rebut
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