Rebut (ri BUT) v: to contradict, to argue in opposition to, to prove to be false
They all thought I was crazy, but none of them could rebut my argument.
The defense attorney attempted to rebut the prosecutor's claim that the defendant's fingerprints, hair, clothing, signature, wallet, wristwatch, credit cards and car had been found at the scene of the crime.
An act or an instance of rebutting is called a rebuttal. Rebut and refute are synonyms.
Recalcitrant (ri KAL si trunt) adj: stubbornly defiant of authority or control, disobedient
The recalcitrant cancer continued to spread through the patient's body despite every therapy and treatment the doctors could think to try.
The country was in a turmoil, but the recalcitrant dictator refused even to listen to the pleas of the international representatives.
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