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 Closing arguments in the case began Monday and will continue Tuesday morning with a final rebuttal from the prosecution before the case goes to the jury. NBC News, 23 Nov. 2021 The best ones are able to meet every rejection with a rebuttal of their own. Nick Leighton, Forbes, 11 May 2021 The decision comes a day after defense lawyers offered a forceful rebuttal of the government's case. Kevin Johnson, USA TODAY, 12 Apr. 2022 Prosecutors will get the opportunity to provide a rebuttal to the defense's closing arguments, then the jury will begin deliberations. Tresa Baldas, Detroit Free Press, 1 Apr. 2022 None of those things were true, Diamantis replied in a four-page rebuttal that, along with a letter solicited from the main contractor on the Tolland project, were delivered to the governor’s office. Mark Pazniokas,, 27 Feb. 2022 Because Marshall is probably too busy to bother, The Late Show With Stephen Colbert shared what a rebuttal from Em might have sounded like in Thursday night’s (Feb. 17) cold open. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, 18 Feb. 2022 The mayor’s and the city manager’s letters for Morgan were brought up in a 13-page rebuttal to the investigative report by police Chief Tim Wallis, whose suspension without pay for 10 days was announced Thursday. Jennifer Peebles, ajc, 29 Jan. 2022 Maricopa County elections officials also took apart audit findings in a scathing Jan. 5 rebuttal. Robert Anglen, The Arizona Republic, 22 Jan. 2022 See More

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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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16 May 2022

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“Rebuttal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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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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