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 for rebut
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Rebut \Re*but"\ (r[-e]*b[u^]t"), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Rebutted;
     p. pr. & vb. n. Rebutting.] [OF. rebouter to repulse, drive
     back; pref. re- + bouter to push, thrust. See 1st Butt,
     Boutade.]
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     1. To drive or beat back; to repulse.
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              Who him, rencount'ring fierce, as hawk in flight,
              Perforce rebutted back.               --Spenser.
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     2. (Law) To contradict, meet, or oppose by argument, plea, or
        countervailing proof. --Abbott.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Rebut \Re*but"\, v. i.
     1. To retire; to recoil. [Obs.] --Spenser.
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     2. (Law) To make, or put in, an answer, as to a plaintiff's
        surrejoinder.
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              The plaintiff may answer the rejoinder by a
              surrejoinder; on which the defendant may rebut.
                                                    --Blackstone.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  rebut
      v 1: overthrow by argument, evidence, or proof; "The speaker
           refuted his opponent's arguments" [syn: refute, rebut]
      2: prove to be false or incorrect [syn: refute, rebut,
         controvert]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  94 Moby Thesaurus words for "rebut":
     advocate, allege in support, answer, answer conclusively,
     argue down, argue for, assert, be contrary to, belie,
     blow sky-high, break, call into question, challenge, champion,
     confound, confute, contend for, contest, contradict, contravene,
     controvert, counter, countercharge, counterclaim, cross, crush,
     defeat, defend, demolish, deny, destroy, devastate, disconfirm,
     discredit, dismiss, dispose of, disprove, espouse, evert, expose,
     finish, floor, gainsay, hold off, invalidate, keep off, maintain,
     make a plea, make a rebuttal, negate, nonplus, oppugn, overthrow,
     overturn, overwhelm, parry, plead for, puncture, put to silence,
     rebuff, reduce to silence, refute, reject, rejoin, repel, reply,
     repulse, respond, riposte, ruin, say in defense, settle,
     shoot down, shut up, silence, smash all opposition, speak for,
     speak up for, squash, squelch, stand up for, stave off,
     stick up for, subvert, support, surrebut, surrejoin, sustain,
     traverse, undermine, uphold, upset, urge reasons for, ward off
  
  

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