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


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 Ferris wheel began as America’s rebuttal to that tower Gustave Eiffel built over in Paris. Paul Daugherty,, "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 The machines churned out religious propaganda, designed to infuriate, which had the effect of eliciting an endless series of rebuttals. Franklin Foer, The Atlantic, "The Death of the Public Square," 6 July 2018 So no legal rebuttal to the statutory interpretation of the court, no attempt at rational argument. Fox News, "Mike Huckabee: Peter Fonda ought to be in jail," 27 June 2018 In rebuttal, the Vote No campaign cites a 2016 California Commission on Judicial Performance’s finding that Persky had no pattern of bias in his rulings. Gabriel Baumgaertner,, "Brock Turner, the 'Athlete Bias,' and the Movement That Produced the Recall of Judge Aaron Persky," 6 June 2018 The conference allows attendees to voice criticisms in the form of one-minute rebuttals on the main stage. Erin Griffith, WIRED, "I Feel Everything: Soul-Searching at TED's Inspiration Assembly Line," 18 Apr. 2018 So when someone on questioned whether Bennett deserved the honor, UMBC’s now-famous Twitter account came to his defense with a classy rebuttal. Michelle R. Martinelli, For The Win, "UMBC's Twitter account says UVA's Tony Bennett '100%' deserves coach of the year," 29 Mar. 2018 Because the Republicans released their memo first and the Democrats’ rebuttal was still unseen five days later, the GOP message dominated for days. Philip Elliott, Time, "Why Republicans View the Nunes Memo as a Win," 9 Feb. 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 \

Legal Definition of rebuttal 

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

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