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To defeat, dispute, or remove the effect of the other side's facts or arguments in a particular case or controversy.

When a defendant in a lawsuit proves that the plaintiff's allegations are not true, the defendant has thereby rebutted them.


verb answer, argue, argue against, conflict, contradict, contravene, controvert, countercharge, deny, disagree, disprove, dispute, explode, join issue, negate, negative, oppose, parry, prove false, rebuff, redarguere, refute, rejoin, repellere, reply, repudiate, respond, retaliate, retort, surrebut, surrejoin, take a stand against
Associated concepts: rebut a presumption, rebut an argument
See also: answer, contradict, contravene, controvert, countercharge, countervail, debate, disaccord, disaffirm, disallow, disown, disprove, dispute, gainsay, impugn, negate, oppose, refute, reply, respond, retaliate, retort, return


to contradict.

TO REBUT. To contradict; to do away as, every homicide is presumed to be murder, unless the contrary appears from evidence which proves the death; and this presumption it lies on the defendant to rebut by showing that it was justifiable or excusable. Allis. Prin. 48.

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He rebutted a number of reasons which had been given for the camera not working.
The court found that the dangerousness of some defendants was clearly and convincingly shown by evidence of their attendance at a five-week training session at an Afghanistan terrorist camp, but that one defendant rebutted this by showing that he had extricated himself from the terrorist camp and cooperated with authorities thereafter.
Pusztai's findings and methods were questioned by his colleagues, his own research institute rebutted his claims, and the UK and EU both relieved him of his duties studying GM foods.
I do not yet restrict the number of rebuttals, spending at most one hour per exam evaluating rebuttals with five different items rebutted on a typical exam.
The assertion that the vaccine was made from virus-infected chimpanzee kidney cells had been rebutted by three independent laboratories (SN: 9/23/00, p.
Absent evidence to the contrary, the presumption in paragraph (b)(1) of this section will be considered to have been rebutted without Board approval under paragraph (b)(2) of this section if any one of the following requirements are met:
An affidavit attesting to conditions that exist or do not exist can be rebutted within 30 days by either party.
Moreover, the regulations establish a presumption (which can be rebutted by the taxpayer only by "clear and convincing" evidence) that the intermediate party would not have participated without the back-to-back loan from the financing entity if the financing entity also guarantees the liability of the borrower to the intermediate party.
rebutted the case for NAFTA by writing: "Almost all American labor leaders, most environmental organizations and thousands of religious and community activists across the United States condemn NAFTA.
Codian, a leading provider of video conferencing infrastructure products, today publicly rebutted allegations made by Polycom of patent infringement.
Although the City Tribunal agreed that the taxpayer had satisfied the three presumptive criteria for combination--common ownership, unitary business and distortion (as evidenced by substantial inter-corporate transactions)--it also agreed with the ALJ's determination that the taxpayer successfully rebutted the presumption by establishing that the royalty rates were arm's length.
But the presumption of fatherhood can be rebutted if there's convincing evidence to the contrary, which, in this case, there is - Thomas has admitted that he's not what the legal community casually refers to as a ``bio-dad.