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 One common rebuttal to the call for inclusion is that the Oscars are already too long. Daniel Vaillancourt, Los Angeles Times, "Casting directors call to be included in the Oscars," 6 Apr. 2021 But the ultimate rebuttal to nanny-staters hectoring people about personal health is to prove to them through our actions that they are not needed. Jack Butler, National Review, "We Must Escape the COVID-Obesity Trap," 4 Apr. 2021 Assistant County Attorney Brad Kinkade, in his rebuttal, inveighed against the exculpatory value of journalism. Washington Post, "Opinion: Failed prosecution of Iowa reporter was an attack on journalism," 11 Mar. 2021 The rebuttal came last month from a coalition of 112 groups led by the California Chamber of Commerce. Margot Roosevelt, Los Angeles Times, "Many Californians have just three days of paid leave. What if they get COVID-19?," 7 Mar. 2021 The report included a rebuttal from Brown, who defended officers who responded to a volatile situation amid a COVID-19 pandemic that reduced the number of available cops. Gregory Pratt,, "Mayor Lori Lightfoot said she has ‘1,000% confidence’ in Chicago police Superintendent David Brown after scathing watchdog report on George Floyd protests," 19 Feb. 2021 This week, The Atlantic published what amounted to a rebuttal. Osita Nwanevu, The New Republic, "The Democratic Party Has a Fatal Misunderstanding of the QAnon Phenomenon," 5 Feb. 2021 Many of their comments about media coverage were non-specific, but one one point Meghan provided a very clear rebuttal of a prominent story about her making Kate cry. Victoria Murphy, Town & Country, "The Impact of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Interview Will Be Felt By the Royal Family for Many Years," 8 Mar. 2021 During his postgame news conference, Green added on in a two-minute, expletive-laced rebuttal. Omari Sankofa Ii, Detroit Free Press, "Wayne Ellington defends Rodney McGruder, calls out Draymond Green's 'fake tough guy' act," 1 Feb. 2021

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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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10 Apr 2021

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“Rebuttal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2021.

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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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