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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ We have seen how law and theory unite to provide a list of excuses which rebut the normal presumption of voluntariness.
▪ But his assertion was later rebutted by Robinson and Reich, who said those markings were irrelevant.
▪ But Labour councillors rebutted the Conservative group's allegation by accusing them of not wanting to face the truth.
▪ But this presumption may be rebutted by the slightest indication to the contrary.
▪ He could neither publicly rebut the false arguments of the government nor check the violence of his friends.
▪ However, Winchester did make attempts to rebut some of the allegations contained in the notice itself.
▪ One must not explain away false ideas but rebut them.
▪ Then as later, bald men liked to rebut the jokers by recalling great bald men of the past.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Rebut \Re*but"\, v. i.

  1. To retire; to recoil. [Obs.]

  2. (Law) To make, or put in, an answer, as to a plaintiff's surrejoinder.

    The plaintiff may answer the rejoinder by a surrejoinder; on which the defendant may rebut.


Rebut \Re*but"\ (r[-e]*b[u^]t"), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Rebutted; p. pr. & vb. n. Rebutting.] [OF. rebouter to repulse, drive back; pref. re- + bouter to push, thrust. See 1st Butt, Boutade.]

  1. To drive or beat back; to repulse.

    Who him, rencount'ring fierce, as hawk in flight, Perforce rebutted back.

  2. (Law) To contradict, meet, or oppose by argument, plea, or countervailing proof.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

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.


vb. 1 To drive back or beat back; to repulse. 2 (senseid en deny the truth of something)To deny the truth of something, especially by presenting arguments that disprove it.

  1. v. overthrow by argument, evidence, or proof; "The speaker refuted his opponent's arguments" [syn: refute]

  2. prove to be false or incorrect [syn: refute, controvert]

  3. [also: rebutting, rebutted]

Usage examples of "rebut".

Our adversaries do not deny that even here there is a system of law and penalty: and surely we cannot in justice blame a dominion which awards to every one his due, where virtue has its honour, and vice comes to its fitting shame, in which there are not merely representations of the gods, but the gods themselves, watchers from above, and--as we read--easily rebutting human reproaches, since they lead all things in order from a beginning to an end, allotting to each human being, as life follows life, a fortune shaped to all that has preceded--the destiny which, to those that do not penetrate it, becomes the matter of boorish insolence upon things divine.

There was no effective rebutting evidence, and after some hard arguing by the attorneys on both sides, the case was closed, and the judge deferred his decision until the third day thereafter.

We will begin rebutting very soon now, and we are grateful for your patience.

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This unsworn statement is not evidence, and you cannot be cross-examined upon it, but the prosecution may offer evidence to rebut anything contained in the statement.

Uneasy at he knew not what, fearful of some exposure he knew not how, when Sir Herbert alluded to the occurrence, with a view to rebut the charge, if Denbigh should choose to make one, and with the near-sightedness of guilt, he pretended to know the occurrence, and under the promise of secresy, mentioned that the name of the officer was Denbigh.

I regret hearing, let alone not rebutting, and I am sure my sibs do not wish their childhood folly laid out in ink.

Having rebutted Edwina, squelched her in the pleasantest way, Daisy gave her half sister a warm smile.

The Ministry of Defense strongly rebuts initial suggestions in New Babylonian reports that Illyrian forces are responsible for the explosion and repeats its longstanding categoric assurance that Illyria does not possess, and does not seek to acquire, nuclear weapons and supports the monopoly of such weapons by New Babylon’s Space Defense Force.

One {26} must not rely upon the false analogy of the Xylenes to rebut this argument.

Which when the young man had found and showed, he not only rebutted the wrongful claim of a false debt, but also got back his father's note of hand, which the father had not got back when the money was paid.