[ ri-buht ]
/ rɪˈbʌt /

verb (used with object), re·but·ted, re·but·ting.

to refute by evidence or argument.
to oppose by contrary proof.

verb (used without object), re·but·ted, re·but·ting.

to provide some evidence or argument that refutes or opposes.

Nearby words

  1. rebuff,
  2. rebuild,
  3. rebuke,
  4. rebus,
  5. rebus sic stantibus,
  6. rebuttal,
  7. rebutter,
  8. rec,
  9. rec room,
  10. rec.

Origin of rebut

1250–1300; Middle English reb(o)uten < Old French rebouter, equivalent to re- re- + bouter butt3

Related formsre·but·ta·ble, adjectiveun·re·but·ta·ble, adjectiveun·re·but·ted, adjective

Can be confuseddeny disapprove disprove rebut refute Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for rebut


/ (rɪˈbʌt) /

verb -buts, -butting or -butted

(tr) to refute or disprove, esp by offering a contrary contention or argument
Derived Formsrebuttable, adjectiverebuttal, noun

Word Origin for rebut

C13: from Old French reboter, from re- + boter to thrust, butt ³

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Word Origin and History for rebut



c.1300, "to thrust back," from Old French reboter, rebuter "to thrust back," from re- "back" (see re-) + boter "to thrust, hit" (see butt (v.)). Legalese sense of "try to disprove, refute by evidence or argument" is from 1817. Related: Rebutted; rebutting.

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