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Hi,

When you have a theory about a film that later turns out to be false, do you use the word ‘debunk’ or ‘rebut’?

“I thought that the main character’s daughter was the one who killed him, but the last two minutes debunked/rebutted my theory.”

Thank you.

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Ann225When you have a theory about a film that later turns out to be false, do you use the word ‘debunk’ or ‘rebut’?

Neither. To be debunked, it has to be bunk in the first place. You rebut an argument. What the last two minutes did was to disprove your theory.