[ ri-buht ]
See synonyms for: rebutrebuttedrebutting on

verb (used with object),re·but·ted, re·but·ting.
  1. to refute by evidence or argument.

  2. to oppose by contrary proof.

verb (used without object),re·but·ted, re·but·ting.
  1. to provide some evidence or argument that refutes or opposes.

Origin of rebut

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

Other words for rebut

Other words from rebut

  • re·but·ta·ble, adjective
  • un·re·but·ta·ble, adjective
  • un·re·but·ted, adjective

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How to use rebut in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for rebut


/ (rɪˈbʌt) /

verb-buts, -butting or -butted
  1. (tr) to refute or disprove, esp by offering a contrary contention or argument

Origin of rebut

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

Derived forms of rebut

  • rebuttable, adjective
  • rebuttal, noun

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