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  • verb Simple past tense and past participle of rebut.


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  • He was the one that made the argument which you then promptly shredded and then he "rebutted" with something that only underscored just how utterly incompetent he was to discuss this topic in the first place.

    Dear Justin: Is that your final answer?

  • Rather, I rebutted, the idiotic, laughably-easy argument that one must necessarily be creating value if one is working in the private sector.

    Matthew Yglesias » Congress Is Very Important

  • When Senator Inhofe tells lies about the science of global warming (“In [Gore's] science fiction movie, every assertion has been rebutted,”), I'm not going to tone it down to "Senator Inhofe may be mistaken"

    Clinton warns against violent anti-government attitude

  • The Academy has rebutted criticism by arguing that the prayer luncheon is not mandatory.

    Organization Wants Air Force Superintendent To Resign For Inviting Evangelical Speaker

  • In contrast, when Wimpy got an angry letter in 1983, from a McDonnell Douglas machinist who was critical of his membership in SANE, the IAM president politely rebutted the worker's contention that "without defense work, we would not have jobs for our families."

    Steve Early: Does Labor Need Another Wimpy?

  • You and the commenter who brought up abortion, whom I rebutted in #273, are confusing what is legal or constitutional with what is right or good policy.

    Matthew Yglesias » The Real Torture Debate

  • Argentine Foreign Minister Hector Timerman quickly rebutted Mr. Valenzuela and called on the U.S. to apologize for violating Argentine law.

    Argentina Confiscates U.S. Air Force Cargo

  • ROME -- The Vatican on Saturday rebutted criticism from the Irish government over its handling of allegations of sex abuse by priests in Ireland, denying Dublin's claims that the Holy See discouraged local bishops from reporting the abuse to civil authorities.

    Vatican Fends Off Irish Criticism of Sex Abuse Scandal

  • Furthermore, no one has rebutted the arguments that torture damages our reputation, making it harder to win “hearts and minds”, or that torture not only has no benefits in interrogation but also actively compromises the person being question such that further information out of him is less reliable that it would have been absent the torture.

    Matthew Yglesias » The Real Torture Debate

  • Adani Enterprises, NMDC and JSW Steel rebutted allegations of illegal iron-ore mining made by an anticorruption ombudsman in southern India.

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