reargument

noun

re·​ar·​gu·​ment (ˌ)rē-ˈär-gyə-mənt How to pronounce reargument (audio)
plural rearguments
law
: a new or repeated argument
especially : presentation of new or additional arguments to a court on a matter of law or fact which a petitioner claims was overlooked or misunderstood by the court
Doubts aroused by the dissents led the Court to put the case down for reargument the next term. Anthony Lewis
The Justices postponed some of the court's docket and even ordered rearguments on some cases they did hear. Richard Lacayo

Examples of reargument in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Most striking was his push for reargument in the epochal desegregation case of Brown v. Board of Education. Charles S. Dameron, WSJ, 9 Sep. 2022 Roe had originally been argued in December 1971, but due to disagreements among the justices, and the fact that two justices had been sworn in since the case’s initial hearing, Burger pushed for its postponement and reargument. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian Magazine, 4 May 2022 In interviews, legal filings and court arguments, Gonzalez’s office has made clear the reexamination and reargument of Cruz’s case only solidified its belief in his guilt. Joe Sexton, ProPublica, 12 Oct. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1795, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of reargument was in 1795

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Cite this Entry

“Reargument.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/reargument. Accessed 18 Jun. 2024.

Legal Definition

reargument

noun
re·​ar·​gu·​ment
ˌrē-ˈär-gyə-mənt
: new or repeated argument
especially : presentation of new or additional arguments to a court on a matter of law or fact which a petitioner claims was overlooked or misunderstood by the court

Note: Reargument requires the granting of a motion, which must be filed within a specified period after entry of the court's judgment.

reargue
-ˈär-ˌgyü
transitive verb
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