rebut

[ri-buht]
verb (used with object), rebutted, rebutting.
1.
to refute by evidence or argument.
2.
to oppose by contrary proof.
verb (used without object), rebutted, rebutting.
3.
to provide some evidence or argument that refutes or opposes.

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

rebuttable, adjective
unrebuttable, adjective
unrebutted, adjective

1. deny, disapprove, disprove, rebut, refute (see synonym study at deny) ; 2. disapprove, disprove, rebut, refute.


1. disprove, confute.
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rebut (rɪˈbʌt)
 
vb , -buts, -butting, -butted
(tr) to refute or disprove, esp by offering a contrary contention or argument
 
[C13: from Old French reboter, from re- + boter to thrust, butt³]
 
re'buttable
 
adj
 
re'buttal
 
n

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rebut
c.1300, from O.Fr. rebuter "to thrust back," from re- "back" + boter "to thrust, hit" (see butt (v.)). Sense of "try to disprove, refute" is from 1817.
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Example sentences
Hearsay evidence was allowed against them, and the government's factual claims
  were to be presumed correct unless rebutted.
It certainly isn't being systematically rebutted in the paper's news coverage
  now.
These presumptions may be rebutted by specified inspection and testing.
Accept the submitted evidence if it is credible and sufficient to make a
  determination unless it is rebutted by other proofs.
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