Rebut Definition

rebuts, rebutted, rebutting
rebuts, rebutted, rebutting
To contradict, refute, or oppose, esp. in a formal manner by argument, proof, etc., as in a debate.
Webster's New World
To provide opposing arguments.
Webster's New World
To force back; repel.
Webster's New World

Origin of Rebut

  • Middle English reboten, rebutte to rebuke, repel from Old French rebouter re- re- bouter to push (of Germanic origin bhau- in Indo-European roots)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Entered English around 1302-1307, from Old French reboter, rebuter, rebouter, etc., from re- + boter, buter, bouter (“to butt").

    From Wiktionary


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