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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an effective rebuttal to her claim of having the gift of clairvoyance
Recent Examples on the Web Biden spoke to a room full of 275 people in Waukee, west of Des Moines, in an event touted as a rebuttal to Trump’s rally. Fox News, "Trump takes the stage at Iowa rally ahead of key impeachment action, first-in-the-nation caucuses," 31 Jan. 2020 As a rebuttal, RSL will likely point out that the press release at no time expresses that Petke is homophobic (though after stressing about the importance of inclusion, the statement quickly pivots to announcing the firing of Petke). Michael Mccann,, "Mike Petke's Lawsuit vs. Real Salt Lake Reveals Details Behind His Firing," 19 Sep. 2019 Other experts mounted a vigorous defense of the no-boundary idea and a rebuttal of Turok and colleagues’ reasoning. Natalie Wolchover, WIRED, "Cosmologists Clash Over the Beginning of the Universe," 16 June 2019 The deadline for the House’s rebuttal is noon on Tuesday. Lindsay Wise, WSJ, "Trump Impeachment Trial Begins as Senators Are Sworn In," 16 Jan. 2020 Zoppo-Sassu published a rebuttal to his tax argument in the Bristol Press on Sunday. Amanda Blanco,, "Incumbent Ellen Zoppo-Sassu reelected as Bristol mayor, defeating Republican newcomer Dante Tagariello," 5 Nov. 2019 One of the most pungent rebuttals of that view comes from Beard. Zachary Karabell, Twin Cities, "Zachary Karabell: Stop saying America’s problems are like ancient Rome’s decline," 26 Sep. 2019 To anyone still refusing to accept the connection between anthropogenic climate change and these unprecedented fires, the simple act of breathing offered a powerful rebuttal. Aaron Timms, The New Republic, "Australia’s Infernal Denial," 7 Jan. 2020 In another Netflix special, Whitney Cummings offers a rebuttal, trotting out a robot that looks like her to tell jokes. Jason Zinoman, New York Times, "Best Comedy of 2019," 25 Dec. 2019

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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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17 Feb 2020

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“Rebuttal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2020.

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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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