re·​but·​tal | \ ri-ˈbə-tᵊl How to pronounce rebuttal (audio) \

Definition of rebuttal

: the act of rebutting especially in a legal suit also : argument or proof that rebuts

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confutation, disconfirmation, disproof, refutation



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Examples of rebuttal in a Sentence

an effective rebuttal to her claim of having the gift of clairvoyance

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The queen used her toast to emphasize the importance of international institutions created by Britain, the United States and other allies after World War II, a subtle rebuttal to Trump, a critic of NATO and the U.N. Jonathan Lemire And Kevin Freking,, "President Trump turns from pomp to business in UK visit," 4 June 2019 In other words, Curry appears content to let his accomplishments serve as the ultimate rebuttal. Mark Medina, The Mercury News, "Steph Curry with thoughtful response on his legacy and jealousy among his peers," 4 June 2019 Such a simple point, an obvious rebuttal to a tired, old stereotype about Muslim women as oppressed and submissive. Asma Uddin, Teen Vogue, "An Excerpt From ‘When Islam is Not a Religion: Inside America’s Fight for Religious Freedom’," 26 May 2019 Kavanaugh followed, delivering a fierce rebuttal and denying all the allegations under questioning by the panel. Elizabeth Zwirz, Fox News, "Dozens of protesters arrested outside Supreme Court, police say," 27 Sep. 2018 And, of course, Press Secretary Sarah Sanders responding to all of this a pretty powerful rebuttal. Fox News, "Gorka on New Mexico compound case 'travesty'," 15 Aug. 2018 The remarks drew a fierce rebuttal from Kathy Grossmann, who wrote a lengthy Facebook post saying the mayor was misleading the public. Keith Bierygolick,, "'You wish I would just sit down and shut up': Mason council feuds over commissioner race," 3 May 2018 Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee are trying to pressure Republicans and the White House to allow the release of a rebuttal to Nunes’s memo, detailing its flaws. Chas Danner, Daily Intelligencer, "Report: Nunes Wants to Publish As Many As 5 More Memos," 4 Feb. 2018 Apparently, the drama got back to Kat, so she was forced to share a rebuttal on her personal Instagram. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "People Are Accusing Kat Von D Beauty of Scamming Customers With Their Famous Tattoo Liners," 21 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of rebuttal

1830, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of rebuttal was in 1830

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re·​but·​tal | \ ri-ˈbət-ᵊl How to pronounce rebuttal (audio) \

Legal Definition of rebuttal

: the act or procedure of rebutting also : evidence or argument that rebuts

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incapable of being surmounted or overcome

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