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rejoinder

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noun re·join·der \ri-ˈjȯin-dər\

Simple Definition of rejoinder

  • : a usually rude or angry reply to something written or said

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of rejoinder

  1. 1 :  the defendant's answer to the plaintiff's replication

  2. 2 :  reply; specifically :  an answer to a reply

Examples of rejoinder in a sentence

  1. The article was a stinging rejoinder to her critics.

  2. <he always has a smart-aleck rejoinder to everything>



Origin and Etymology of rejoinder

Middle English rejoiner, from Anglo-French rejoinder, from rejoinder, verb


First Known Use: 15th century

Synonym Discussion of rejoinder

answer, response, reply, rejoinder, retort mean something spoken, written, or done in return. answer implies the satisfying of a question, demand, call, or need <had answers to all their questions>. response may imply a quick or spontaneous reaction to a person or thing that serves as a stimulus <a response to the call for recruits>. reply often suggests a thorough response to all issues, points, or questions raised <a point-by-point reply to the accusation>. rejoinder can be a response to a reply or to an objection <a salesman with a quick rejoinder to every argument>. retort implies a reaction to an implicit or explicit charge, criticism, or attack which contains a countercharge or counterattack <she made a cutting retort to her critics>.

REJOINDER Defined for Kids

rejoinder

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noun re·join·der \ri-ˈjȯin-dər\

Definition of rejoinder for Students

  1. :  2reply




Law Dictionary

rejoinder

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noun re·join·der \ri-ˈjȯin-dər\

Legal Definition of rejoinder

  1. :  an answer to a reply; specifically :  the defendant's answer to the plaintiff's reply or replication under common-law pleading



Origin and Etymology of rejoinder

Anglo-French, from rejoindre rejoinder to make rejoinder, literally, to join again, meet, from Old French, from re- again + joindre to join



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