Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To refute, especially by offering opposing evidence or arguments, as in a legal case.
  • transitive v. To repel.
  • intransitive v. To present opposing evidence or arguments.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To drive back or beat back; to repulse.
  • v. To deny the truth of something, especially by presenting arguments that disprove it.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To retire; to recoil.
  • intransitive v. To make, or put in, an answer, as to a plaintiff's surrejoinder.
  • transitive v. To drive or beat back; to repulse.
  • transitive v. To contradict, meet, or oppose by argument, plea, or countervailing proof.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To repel by force; rebuff; drive back.
  • To thrust back or away, as by denial; refuse assent to; repel; reject.
  • To repel by evidence or argument; bring counter-arguments against; refute, or strive to refute: much used in legal procedure.
  • To withdraw: used reflexively.
  • In law, to make an answer, as to a plaintiff's surrejoinder. Compare surrebut.
  • 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. prove to be false or incorrect
  • v. overthrow by argument, evidence, or proof

Etymologies

Middle English reboten, rebutte, to rebuke, repel, from Old French rebouter : re-, re- + bouter, to push (of Germanic origin; see bhau- in Indo-European roots).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Entering English 1302–1307, from the archaic French reboter, from Old French reboter, rebuter, rebouter, etc., from re- + boter, buter, bouter ("to butt"). (Wiktionary)

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