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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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While more difficult, the rebuttable presumption will also make summary judgment more feasible for higher-priced QMs.
Creating rebuttable presumptions such as this bill does will increase costs for municipalities, and those costs will be passed on to taxpayers.
Following a long-term marriage--longer than 20 years--a rebuttable presumption in favor of awarding alimony would have existed.
Preventing these inefficiencies and anticompetitive effects requires a simple solution: causation should be a rebuttable presumption and the two-year compensation amount merely a default award, adjustable to actual damage upon proof.
Once a plaintiff has established that the third party had knowledge of the underlying action or potential action, and that the third party assumed control over the evidence, and that the "lost or destroyed" evidence was "vital" to a plaintiff's case, a rebuttable presumption arises in favor of the plaintiff.
The 1996 regulations also instituted a "36-month rule," which created a rebuttable presumption that if a creditor had not received a payment on a loan in 36 months, it was required to issue Form 1099-C.
Failure to report is a rebuttable presumption that the event occurred at the hospital or nursing home unless previously reported by the long-term care facility.
It raises a presumption of negligence, which is still rebuttable by the defendant.
How the KCSA Operates Now: The Rebuttable Presumption of Detriment
Like the old law, the new one creates a rebuttable presumption that a health care facility took discriminatory action against a complaining health care worker if that action took place within 120 days of the worker's filing a complaint about quality of care.