- Rebut is defined as to contradict or oppose.
An example of rebut is to debate against a pro choice argument in a formal debate.
transitive verbrebutted, rebutting
- to contradict, refute, or oppose, esp. in a formal manner by argument, proof, etc., as in a debate
- Obsolete to force back; repel
Origin of rebutMiddle English rebuten ; from Anglo-French reboter ; from Old French rebuter ; from re-, back + buter, to thrust, push: see butt
verbre·but·ted, re·but·ting, re·buts
- To refute, especially by offering opposing evidence or arguments, as in a legal case: rebut an allegation.
- To repel or reject: She rebutted his advances.
Origin of rebutMiddle English reboten, rebutte, to rebuke, repel, from Old French rebouter : re-, re- + bouter, to push (of Germanic origin; see bhau- in Indo-European roots).
(third-person singular simple present rebuts, present participle rebutting, simple past and past participle rebutted)
- To drive back or beat back; to repulse.
- To deny the truth of something, especially by presenting arguments that disprove it.
Entered English around 1302-1307, from Old French reboter, rebuter, rebouter, etc., from re- + boter, buter, bouter (“to butt").