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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Examples of rebuttal in a Sentence

an effective rebuttal to her claim of having the gift of clairvoyance
Recent Examples on the Web The rebuttals by each side will be done by the human debaters, who will also deliver the closing arguments. Hanna Ziady, CNN, "IBM computer stars in Cambridge debate on the dangers of AI," 21 Nov. 2019 The younger Kennedy is considered a rising star in the Democratic Party, having delivered the Democratic rebuttal to President Trump's State of the Union speech in 2018. Ed O'keefe, CBS News, "Joe Kennedy III will challenge Ed Markey in Senate primary," 18 Sep. 2019 As midnight neared on Tuesday, the Patriots released a statement indicating that the team is aware of the allegations contained in Taylor’s complaint and the rebuttal by Heitner. Michael Mccann,, "Inside the Federal Lawsuit Filed Against Antonio Brown for Rape and Sexual Assault," 11 Sep. 2019 In his rebuttal to Piketty, De Soto, citing ILD research on the Middle East and North Africa, concluded that recent uprisings in those regions were not directed against capital but in the service of demands for more of it. Madeleine Kearns, National Review, "A Peruvian Economist Challenges the Socialist Consensus on Inequality," 11 Dec. 2019 Third Democratic debate rules According to ABC News, candidates will have one minute and 15 seconds for direct responses to questions and 45 seconds for responses and rebuttals. Grace Segers, CBS News, "How to watch the third 2020 Democratic presidential debate," 11 Sep. 2019 The candidates will have one minute and 15 seconds to answer questions, and 45 seconds for responses and rebuttals. Maggie Astor, New York Times, "The September Democratic Debate Will Be One Night Only," 29 Aug. 2019 Republicans preempted the report’s public release with their own 123-page rebuttal., "WASHINGTON (AP) — The House is poised to release a landmark impeachment report outlining evidence of what it calls Donald Trump’s wrongdoing toward Ukraine, findings that will push Congress toward a debate over whether the 45th president should be removed from office.," 3 Dec. 2019 House Republicans preempted the report’s public release with their own 123-page rebuttal. Arkansas Online, "In 300 pages, House lays out evidence for Trump impeachment," 3 Dec. 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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6 Jan 2020

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“Rebuttal.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 19 January 2020.

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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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