Meaning of rebut in English:


Pronunciation /rɪˈbʌt/

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verbverb rebuts, verb rebutting, verb rebutted

[with object]
  • 1Claim or prove that (evidence or an accusation) is false.

    ‘he had to rebut charges of acting for the convenience of his political friends’
    • ‘The Nationalists will now be able to claim independent authority when next they seek to rebut Labour's accusation that ‘divorce is an expensive business’.’
    • ‘A lot of time is spent on rebutting accusations and counter-accusations at the expense of development.’
    • ‘One, a lawyer, makes detailed submissions rebutting the prosecution evidence.’
    • ‘But he then denied the defence adequate opportunity to rebut the evidence and lowered the legal requirements necessary for the prosecution to prove its case.’
    • ‘However, as Bartlett shows, the best evidence seems to rebut any claim of such a decline.’
    • ‘Kifaya, for one, is more interested in promoting what it calls ‘political disobedience’ than rebutting accusations levelled against it.’
    • ‘Cllr Gibbons rebutted these accusations, saying ‘I am not anti-development.’’
    • ‘But last night she angrily rebutted the accusation she was copying Jolomo.’
    • ‘Why did you not immediately rebut the accusations and clear up the misunderstanding?’
    • ‘This is in line with his clear attempt to rebut the accusation that nationalism is based on being anti-English.’
    • ‘Prisoners and their lawyers have no opportunity to see or rebut the evidence.’
    • ‘Donegan is swift to rebut accusations of idealistic, bleeding - heart liberalism.’
    • ‘The respondent produced no evidence to rebut the claim for such relief and the learned trial judge, quite properly, attached significance to the failure.’
    • ‘He also submits that if the report is not admitted then there is no evidence to rebut his claim for summary judgment with this latter submission.’
    • ‘His success in rebutting the accusation was, he believes, pivotal in helping the regents and the rest of the university community understand the importance of academic freedom.’
    • ‘In those circumstances, as it seems to me, a high degree of specificity is called for if it is to be relied on as rebutting the claimant's evidence.’
    • ‘These presumptions or circumstances of evidence are readily rebutted by comparatively slight evidence.’
    • ‘Therefore, you shouldn't take any steps against your former colleague that are not directly related to your effort to rebut the accusations.’
    • ‘It was not a situation where my clients could have, prior to her evidence, obtained a report to rebut that specific evidence that she gave.’
    • ‘It is extremely difficult for the local authorities to rebut such evidence.’
    refute, deny, disprove, prove wrong, prove false
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  • 2 archaic Drive back or repel (a person or attack)

    ‘but he … their sharp assault right boldly did rebut’
    • ‘Had Cleveland's message come sooner, perhaps his supporters might have had enough time to rebut the onslaught of attacks.’
    • ‘This process took several minutes, though he managed to keep his darker half in check at all times, rebutting him at every strike.’
    • ‘Thus, on his account, my ‘zealous effort’ to rebut the authors I discuss harms the cause of peace.’
    • ‘They don't rebut him by arguing either that cutbacks in the safety net will not happen or even that they're a good thing.’
    repel, drive back, drive away, fight back, fight off, put to flight, force back, beat off, beat back, push back, thrust back
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Middle English (in the senses ‘rebuke’ and ‘repulse’): from Anglo-Norman French rebuter, from Old French re- (expressing opposition) + boter ‘to butt’. Sense 1 (originally a legal use) dates from the early 19th century.