Meaning of REBUT in English

rə̇ˈbət, -rēˈ-, usu -əd.+V verb

( rebutted ; rebutted ; rebutting ; rebuts )

Etymology: Middle English rebuten, from Old French reboter, from re- + boter to butt, thrust — more at butt

transitive verb


a. : to drive or beat back : repulse

this mare … took no interest in the horse and … she did not rebut him either — Henry Wynmalen

b. : to check the advance or influence of : repel

luckily a few pictures in the house to rebut a despairing mood — Sacheverell Sitwell


a. : to contradict, meet, or oppose by formal legal argument, plea, or countervailing proof

where evidence is offered to rebut presumption against suicide, presumption disappears — Detroit Law Journal

b. : to expose the falsity of : contradict , refute

rebut my contention that something cannot be done by doing it — F.H.Cleobury

in her first sentence she rebuts the long-accepted dictum that Africa is a continent without a history — D.H.Jones

intransitive verb

: to make or put in an answer or counter proof (as to a plaintiff's surrejoinder) : make a rebuttal

Synonyms: see disprove

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