rebut

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v rebut prove to be false or incorrect
    • v rebut overthrow by argument, evidence, or proof "The speaker refuted his opponent's arguments"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Rebut (Law) To contradict, meet, or oppose by argument, plea, or countervailing proof.
    • Rebut To drive or beat back; to repulse. "Who him, rencount'ring fierce, as hawk in flight,
      Perforce rebutted back."
    • Rebut (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 To retire; to recoil.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • rebut To repel by force; rebuff; drive back.
    • rebut To thrust back or away, as by denial; refuse assent to; repel; reject.
    • rebut To repel by evidence or argument; bring counter-arguments against; refute, or strive to refute: much used in legal procedure.
    • rebut To withdraw: used reflexively.
    • rebut In law, to make an answer, as to a plaintiff's surrejoinder. Compare surrebut.
    • rebut In curling, to make a random stroke with great force, in the hope of gaining some advantage in the striking and displacement of the stones about the tee.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Rebut rē-but′ to butt or drive back: to repel: to reject:
    • v.i Rebut (law) to return an answer:—pr.p. rebut′ting; pa.t. and pa.p. rebut′ted
    • v.t Rebut rē-but′ (law) to oppose by argument or proof
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. rebouter, to repulse, drive back; pref. re-, + bouter, to push, thrust. See 1st Butt Boutade
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. rebuter, to repulse—L. re-, back, Mid. High Ger. bōzen, to beat.

Usage

In literature:

It should not be necessary to rebut the numerous attempts that have been made to explain the dragon-myth as a story relating to extinct monsters.
"The Evolution of the Dragon" by G. Elliot Smith
The whole army, generals, officers, soldiers, were still animated with a devotion, that nothing could rebut.
"Memoirs of the Private Life, Return, and Reign of Napoleon in 1815, Vol. II" by Pierre Antoine Edouard Fleury de Chaboulon
When the man of affairs, the artist, or the man of science fails, he is not rebutted.
"The Will to Believe" by William James
I mean that while we were beyond the dread of any attack, the pleasure of rebutting such attack was unknown to us.
"Hypolympia" by Edmund Gosse
When we would rebut those universal libels which infidels have written upon our race, we point to the Vaudois.
"Pilgrimage from the Alps to the Tiber" by James Aitken Wylie
And that plea could not be rebutted.
"England and Germany" by Emile Joseph Dillon
Finding the charge of drunkenness unequivocally rebutted, Paine's traducers advance that of licentiousness.
"Arrows of Freethought" by George W. Foote
The presumptions set up by this article may be rebutted.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 7, Slice 2" by Various
Assuredly it did not attract him; assuredly it rather rebutted and depressed.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. XIX (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
He had no right to admit rebutting evidence.
"A Letter to the Hon. Samuel Eliot, Representative in Congress From the City of Boston, In Reply to His Apology For Voting For the Fugitive Slave Bill." by Hancock
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In news:

Jim Webb to rebut State of the Union.
Ramey, 89, Who Used Medical Training to Rebut Sexism, Is Dead.
Two major Linux advocates have published a report aimed at rebutting Microsoft's "Get the Facts" research campaign claiming that Linux has a higher total cost of ownership than Windows.
Linux Allies Rebut Microsoft Get the Facts Campaign.
A Microsoft Rebuttal but Nothing to Rebut .
Met Museum Rebuts Jewish Claim to a Rubens .
Rebutting Fishable/ Swimmable Stream Use Standards.
Taunton schools rebut report on child's Jesus drawing.
Democratic candidate, Gloria Bromell-Tinubu (left) rebuts a point made by Republican candidate, Tom Rice during their debate for the 7th Congressional District Seat at Myrtle Beach High School.
Roe rebutted, stating that the property had been used for several years for agriculture , noting that corn had very recently been harvested there.
Ariel Winter's mom, brother rebut abuse allegations.
Spared Destruction, Atlantic City Rushes to Rebut Storm Reports.
USC's Lane Kiffin rebuts Matt Barkley 's comments.
Christmas-tree manufacturers rebut these claims.
Fiat rebuts report will raise funds for Chrysler buy.
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In science:

Although the approach used by B95 has been the sub ject of various criticisms, Fontaine et al. (2003) have reviewed and rebutted all the arguments that have been put forward against the use of optical spectroscopy.
On the Purity of the ZZ Ceti Instability Strip: Discovery of More Pulsating DA White Dwarfs on the Basis of Optical Spectroscopy
My overall position is that the perdurantist can rebut the RDA; but physics also shows how the RDA can be formulated more strongly than it has been.
On the Persistence of Homogeneous Matter
Finally, we rebut the claims in [5, 6] that αη security is equivalent to that of a standard stream cipher and that αη is nonrandom.
Quantum Noise Randomized Ciphers
We end by pointing out that this paper uses the rhetorical trick of attributing, without citation, and then rebutting, some vaguely ridiculous assertions supposedly held by model selection advocates.
Comment on `Tainted evidence: cosmological model selection versus fitting', by Eric V. Linder and Ramon Miquel (astro-ph/0702542v2)
Indeed, although Theys and Thompson (1978) seemed to favor G2 as the intruder based on color evidence, they could not rebut this argument in a convincing way (They appealed to three-body effects).
The Head-on Collision between Two Gas-Rich Galaxies: Neutral Hydrogen Debris from the Centrally-smooth Ring Galaxy VIIZw466
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