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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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 rumors suggesting tension between Markle and Middleton are either vague as hell or have perfectly logical rebuttals. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Breaking Down All the Rumors About Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton's Royal 'Feud'," 27 Nov. 2018 Nerd City, master of the Jake Paul takedown, has a new video addressing the controversial creators’ rebuttal about his marketing tactics. Megan Farokhmanesh, The Verge, "One new message," 2 Nov. 2018 The company also issued a nine-page rebuttal to the other allegations leveled by Blue Orca, including accounting lapses and poor corporate governance. Natasha Bach, Fortune, "Samsonite CEO Ramesh Tainwala Is Out After Being Accused of Padding His Resume," 1 June 2018 Any hope of the Lakers building an instant rebuttal to the Warriors was dashed. Lee Jenkins,, "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

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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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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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