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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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The prosecutor requested a sidebar conference with the judge and argued evidence of the tattoo should be admitted to rebut Gaines' testimony that he was not a member of a group that advocated violence against nonwhite racial groups.
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An Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) found that there was sufficient evidence to rebut the "found dead" presumption and dismiss the dependents' claim.
Top government spokesman Yasuo Fukuda responded the following day, saying, ''The trade report contains inaccurate descriptions on Japan,'' and that the government will soon rebut these allegations.
I asked students who wanted to rebut items to turn in their rebuttals, with documentation for their distracter selections, by the next test.
CARACAS -- A ruling by the Supreme Court denying a journalist the right to rebut accusations made by President Hugo Chavez last year during his radio show Alo Presidente has raised fears about the government's commitment to respect civil liberties and has opened a fierce constitutional debate.
c) How may a financial homing company rebut a presumption that it is routinely managing or operating a portfolio company?
You apparently chose to demagogue Meyerson because you cannot rebut his main point: School choice deserves to be tried because the public school system is failing our children.
The absence of many of these factors may rebut the presence of a device.
If the defendant pleads self-defense in court, prosecutors may choose to introduce booking photographs in court to rebut such claims.
And frankly, when you're dealing with a country that doesn't have infinite resources, that's a very difficult argument to, rebut.
Why doesn't someone in the GOP rebut Clinton's ad about Proposition 87, with the fact that Brazil has a law requiring all gas stations in Brazil to carry all three fuels: gas, alcohol and diesel.