rebuttal

noun
re·​but·​tal | \ri-ˈbə-tᵊl \

Definition of rebuttal 

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

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Synonyms & Antonyms for rebuttal

Synonyms

confutation, disconfirmation, disproof, refutation

Antonyms

proof

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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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Any hope of the Lakers building an instant rebuttal to the Warriors was dashed. Lee Jenkins, SI.com, "Fit For The King: LeBron James and the Lakers Form Hollywood's Ultimate Marriage," 11 July 2018 The State Department rebuttal is largely a reference to a report by the conservative Heritage Foundation that appeared in March, shortly after Deaton’s piece was published in the New York Times. George Russell, Fox News, "Harsh anti-Trump UN human rights report on US 'extreme poverty' cherry-picks data, assumptions, examination shows," 28 June 2018 Garcia: Nirenberg letter draws rebuttal from RNC official The underlying issue is that Brockhouse believes the council has been using executive sessions to make policy decisions, which should be reserved for open meetings. Gilbert Garcia, San Antonio Express-News, "Brockhouse pushes for recording of closed-door meetings," 18 May 2018 Her rebuttal stood in stark contrast to the conduct of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who largely remained silent when they were undermined by Trump. CBS News, "Nikki Haley's "I don't get confused" comment captures attention," 21 Apr. 2018 Her rebuttal stood in stark contrast to the conduct of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who largely remained silent when they were undermined by Trump. Meg Kinnard, The Seattle Times, "Haley’s response: ‘I don’t get confused’ draws notice," 21 Apr. 2018 For every vigorous criticism of him, though, Bremer has a ready rebuttal. Benjamin Hart, Daily Intelligencer, "Paul Bremer Is Alive and Well and Teaching Skiing in Vermont," 26 Mar. 2018 The Ferris wheel began as America’s rebuttal to that tower Gustave Eiffel built over in Paris. Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, "Paul Daugherty's Morning Line: Are Cincinnati Reds .500 team now? Ask me at All-Star break," 28 June 2018 China in recent weeks has said that its actions are simply in rebuttal to U.S. tariff hikes, such as one imposed earlier this year on steel and aluminum. USA TODAY, "Reports: Trump moving ahead with steep tariffs on Chinese goods," 14 June 2018

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First Known Use of rebuttal

1830, in the meaning defined above

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rebuttal

noun
re·​but·​tal | \ri-ˈbət-ᵊl \

Legal Definition of rebuttal 

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

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