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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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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Other comments or rebuttals will be limited to 30 seconds. William Cummings, USA TODAY, "Democrats take the stage for the second night of debate in Detroit. Here's how to watch and what you should know," 31 July 2019 The candidates have 60 seconds to respond to moderator questions and 30 seconds for responses and rebuttals. Matt Pearce, Los Angeles Times, "Democratic debate: 7 things to watch for on Night 2," 31 July 2019 With five originalist-minded jurists now sitting on the high court, Stevens’s rebuttal is more salient than ever. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "When John Paul Stevens Eviscerated Antonin Scalia," 17 July 2019 Last week, the executive in charge of Inc.’s logistics operation tweeted a rebuttal to a television show. Shira Ovide,, "Amazon tries to prove it’s not a Dickensian workhouse," 11 July 2019 People from these groups also benefited the most from the rebuttals. Diana Kwon, Scientific American, "How to Debate a Science Denier," 25 June 2019 Candidates received 60 seconds to respond to questions and 30 seconds for rebuttals., "Who won Wednesday night’s Democratic presidential debate? Vote here," 31 July 2019 Once again, each candidate gets 60 seconds to respond to a question and 30 seconds for rebuttal. Barbara Krasnoff, The Verge, "How to watch tonight’s 2020 Democratic debates," 30 July 2019 Candidates will have 60 seconds to respond to moderator questions, and 30 seconds for follow-ups and rebuttals. Caitlin Kelly, WIRED, "How to Watch the Second Democratic Presidential Debate," 30 July 2019

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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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