refute, rebut, controvert

(verb) prove to be false or incorrect

refute, rebut

(verb) overthrow by argument, evidence, or proof; “The speaker refuted his opponent’s arguments”

Source: WordNet® 3.1



rebut (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.


• Ubert, brute, buret, tuber

Source: Wiktionary

Re*but", v. t. [imp. & p. p. Rebutted; p. pr. & vb. n. Rebutting.] Etym: [OF. reb to repulse, drive back; pref. re- + bouter to push, thrust. See 1st Butt, Boutade.]

1. To drive or beat back; to repulse. Who him, recount'ring fierce, as hawk in flight, Perforce rebutted back. Spenser.

2. (Law)

Definition: To contradict, meet, or oppose by argument, plea, or countervailing proof. Abbott.

Re*but", v. i.

1. To retire; to recoil. [Obs.] Spenser.

2. (Law)

Definition: 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. Blackstone.

Source: Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary 1913 Edition


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