SYNONYMS | EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN 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. Origin of rebut 1250–1300; Middle English reb(o)uten
Old French rebouter,
bouter butt 3 Related forms re·but·ta·ble, adjective un·re·but·ta·ble, adjective un·re·but·ted, adjective
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Examples from the Web for rebuttable Contemporary Examples of rebuttable Historical Examples of rebuttable British Dictionary definitions for rebuttable verb -buts, -butting or -butted (tr) to refute or disprove, esp by offering a contrary contention or argument Derived Forms rebuttable, adjective rebuttal, 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 rebuttable v.
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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