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Definition of rebut verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

rebut

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//rɪˈbʌt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈbʌt//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they rebut
BrE BrE//rɪˈbʌt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈbʌt//
 
he / she / it rebuts
BrE BrE//rɪˈbʌts//
 
; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈbʌts//
 
past simple rebutted
BrE BrE//rɪˈbʌtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈbʌtɪd//
 
past participle rebutted
BrE BrE//rɪˈbʌtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈbʌtɪd//
 
-ing form rebutting
BrE BrE//rɪˈbʌtɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈbʌtɪŋ//
 
 
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rebut something (formal) to say or prove that a statement or criticism is false synonym refute an attempt to publicly rebut rumours of a divorce Word Origin Middle English (in the senses ‘rebuke’ and ‘repulse’): from Anglo-Norman French rebuter, from Old French re- (expressing opposition) + boter ‘to butt’. The current sense (originally a legal use) dates from the early 19th cent.Extra examples The defendants were unable to rebut the charges of negligence. This presumption can be rebutted by evidence showing the contrary. to disprove/​refute/​rebut a claim/​an allegation/​an argument
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