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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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Nowhere do the regulations demonstrate how the presumptions are to be rebutted.
Kansas City Power & Light (KCP&L), a subsidiary of Great Plains Energy (NYSE: GXP), announced today that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has agreed KCP&L has successfully rebutted a presumption of market power in KCP&L's control area and the control area of the Kansas City, Kansas, Board of Public Utilities (BPU).
ISLAMABAD -- The Higher Education Commission has rebutted a news item published in some sections of media accusing its Chairman of plagiarizing a paper "Study of Pakistan Election System: Intelligent e-elections" which was published in 2003.
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.
482 and its regulations to determine whether the taxpayer rebutted the distortion presumption.