re: Refute VS Rebut? page 2

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could someone kindly shed some light on the difference therebetween?

BTW, if i intend to mean TO ARGUE AGAINST THE OPPONENT'S ARGUMENT, which one of the two fit better here.

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To refute someone's argument is to prove that their argument is unsound (not true), and therefore they are wrong. To rebut someone's argument is to show that their argument has not sufficiently made their case, and therefore they have not proven themselves to be right. As someone else in this thread commented, a rebuttle simply requires a viable alternate explanation whereas a refutation requires proof that the explanation/argument given is false. The latter is a much higher standard.
Actually the opposite to this
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My apologies - not so much the opposite of this, but to clarify (having just checked in the Oxford English Dictionary), it seems to rebut is to offer up evidence to counter the argument (but not enough to prove something to be false). To refute is to actually prove a statement or opinion to be incorrect.

When I think about it, you hear the term irrefutable (as in irrefutable evidence), but I do not believe there is such a word as 'irrebuttable' as this would be a contradiction of the meaning of rebut.
Forbes has it pretty much exactly wrong.

Both rebuttal and refutation involve both argumentation and evidence, but refutation means that the argumentation and evidence are overwhelmingly conclusive.
Yes.

Moreover, I'd speculate that "refute" has sometimes been used as a synonym for "deny" because it sounds somewhat similar to "dispute."
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