Definitions for: Rebut

[v] prove to be false or incorrect
[v] overthrow by argument, evidence, or proof; "The speaker refuted his opponent's arguments"

Webster (1913) Definition: Re*but", v. t. [imp. & p. p. Rebutted; p. pr. & vb. n.
Rebutting.] [OF. reb??ter to repulse, drive back; pref. re-
+ bouter to push, thrust. See 1st Butt, Boutade.]
1. To drive or beat back; to repulse.

Who him, recount'ring fierce, as hawk in flight,
Perforce rebutted back. --Spenser.

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

Re*but", v. i.
1. To retire; to recoil. [Obs.] --Spenser.

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

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

Synonyms: controvert, refute, refute

See Also: answer, confute, contradict, controvert, disprove, oppose, renounce, repudiate

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