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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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 Cardi would very likely give a much better, much more truthful rebuttal to a State of the Union address, which Trump has now agreed to postpone after trading a series of aggressive letters with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Vogue, "Stephen Colbert (And Thousands of Other People) Want Cardi B to Give the State of the Union Rebuttal," 24 Jan. 2019 Sign-up In February, Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee released a 10-page rebuttal to an earlier memo by House Republicans which alleged that the FBI had engaged in spying for partisan purposes. Byron Tau, WSJ, "Carter Page Surveillance Documents Set Off New Skirmish," 22 July 2018 And an adult-film star allegedly paid $130,000 not to talk about her affair was Trump was teed up to give a rebuttal on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel. Will Bunch,, "Trump and his teleprompter assure America that the State of the Union is strong. No, really | Will Bunch," 30 Jan. 2018 The delayed 2019 State of the Union address doesn’t begin until 9:00 p.m. tonight, but many of the nation’s female lawmakers already have their rebuttal. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Female Lawmakers Stand Up to the State of the Union in Suffragette White," 6 Feb. 2019 But absent a rebuttal, its impact should not be underestimated. Alan M. Dershowitz, WSJ, "Don’t Let Mueller’s Report Go Unanswered," 2 Dec. 2018 Chinese President Xi Jinping used the forum in 2017 for a global call to reject trade wars and protectionism in a rebuttal to Trump. Justin Sink,, "Trump to Attend Davos, White House Says," 9 Jan. 2018 Without explicitly saying so, Melania Trump’s trip to Africa was a rebuttal of her husband’s worldview. Alexia Fernández Campbell, Vox, "Melania’s trip to Africa says a lot about US foreign policy under Trump," 9 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of rebuttal

1830, in the meaning defined above

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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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