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
Kids have discovered a diabolical new use for science: rebutting their parents.
In the second round, our debaters spend some time rebutting each other's
  opening positions.
Certain nontraditional evidence, such as blood test results, is capable of
  conclusively rebutting the presumption of legitimacy.
Therefore, the burden is on the other parties to submit evidence rebutting the
  presumption.
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