Definition of


  1. (verb, communication) overthrow by argument, evidence, or proof
  2. (verb, cognition) prove to be false or incorrect

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Synonyms of Rebut

controvert, refute

Alternate forms of Rebut

Derivations: rebuttal, rebutter

Hyponyms: answer, contradict, controvert, oppose

Hypernyms: confute, disown, disprove, renounce, repudiate

Origin of the word Rebut

  1. 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. more

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