rebut vs refute : Common Errors in English

About rebut vs refute

When you rebut someone’s argument you argue against it. To refute someone’s argument is to prove it incorrect. Unless you are certain you have achieved success, use “rebut.”

rebut Meaning(s)

  • (v) overthrow by argument, evidence, or proof
  • (v) prove to be false or incorrect

refute Meaning(s)

  • (v) overthrow by argument, evidence, or proof
  • (v) prove to be false or incorrect

rebut in News

  1. Hospital chain to pay $275,000 to settle federal patient-privacy case

    Click for larger image Credit: Monica Lam/The Center for Investigative Reporting Prime Healthcare Services says it will pay $275,000 to settle allegations that it broke federal privacy laws by publicizing a patient’s confidential hospital records in an effort to rebut a news report. In a statement Tuesday, the Ontario, Calif.-based hospital chain said it admitted no wrongdoing in connection with ...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Center for Investigative Reporting

  2. TransCanada Steps Up Defense of Keystone XL Pipeline

    Faced with formidable opposition from environmentalists, TransCanada is redoubling its efforts to rebut claims made against its flagship project, the 1,700-mile Keystone XL pipeline that the Canadian company is seeking President Obama’s permission to build from Alberta’s oil sands to the Gulf Coast.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: National Journal via Yahoo! News

  3. UPDATE: Testimony portion of Wolter murder trial complete

    Prosecution and defense attorneys this morning continued exhaustive questioning of a prosecution neuropsychologist in an attempt to rebut each other over whether murder defendant Dennis Wolter had the capacity to premeditate the slaying of his girlfriend, Kori Fredericksen, in May 2011.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: The Columbian

refute in News

  1. Soccer God Messi Denies Tax Fraud Allegations on Facebook

    After being accused of tax fraud in Spain, international soccer demigod Lionel Messi took to Facebook to refute the allegations Spanish tax authorities on Wednesday accused the FC Barcelona and Argentine national team superstar and his father of weaseling out of more than $5 million in taxes between 2006 and 2009, according to Reuters . The pair is accused of using shell corporations in Uruguay ...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Mashable

  2. The NSA's "Boundless Informant" Collects 3 Billion Intelligence Pieces From US Computer Networks In One Month

    There's one reason why the administration, James Clapper and the NSA should just keep their mouths shut as the PRISM-gate fallout escalates: with every incremental attempt to refute some previously unknown facet of the US Big Brother state, a new piece of previously unleaked information from the same intelligence organization now scrambling for damage control, emerges and exposes the brand new ...
    on June 9, 2013 Source: Zero Hedge

  3. Cramer's 'Mad Money' Recap: Next Week's Game Plan

    Search Jim Cramer's "Mad Money" trading recommendations using our exclusive "Mad Money" Stock Screener. NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Now that the big bag employment event is behind us, Jim Cramer told "Mad Money" viewers Friday he's looking forward to next week to see if earnings will confirm or refute the slightly better-than-expected numbers received today. Cramer said Monday his game plan will ...
    on June 8, 2013 Source:

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