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rebut

[ri-buht] /rɪˈbʌt/
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
1250-1300; Middle English reb(o)uten < Old French rebouter, equivalent to re- re- + bouter to butt3
Related forms
rebuttable, adjective
unrebuttable, adjective
unrebutted, adjective
Can be confused
deny, disapprove, disprove, rebut, refute (see synonym study at deny)
Synonyms
1. disprove, confute.
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rebut

/rɪˈbʌt/
verb -buts, -butting, -butted
1.
(transitive) to refute or disprove, esp by offering a contrary contention or argument
Derived Forms
rebuttable, adjective
rebuttal, noun
Word Origin
C13: from Old French reboter, from re- + boter to thrust, butt³
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Word Origin and History for unrebutted

rebut

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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