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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Indeed, this small addendum to his messaging would be potent and serve as the best rebuttal to claims that his policy proposals—such as Medicare for All and eliminating student debt—are unrealistic. Adam Eichen, The New Republic, "Restoring Democracy is Not Open to Debate," 2 July 2019 The groundbreaking Barnard Conference on Sexuality was organized in 1982 as a rebuttal to the feminist antipornography movement. Elaine Blair, The New York Review of Books, "Fighting for Her Life," 17 June 2019 Her statements, made as a witness for prosecutors, served as a rebuttal to one of the defense’s core theories. Megan Cassidy,, "Ghost Ship witness has ‘snapshot memory’ of firefighters ignoring warning signs," 20 June 2019 The tariffs could be imposed after a rebuttal period ends July 2. Mark Niquette, Fortune, "Dell, HP, Intel, and Microsoft Team Up to Oppose Trump Tariffs on Laptops and Tablets," 19 June 2019 The tariffs could be imposed after a seven-day rebuttal period following the last day of the hearings. Mark Niquette,, "Hundreds of companies descend on Washington to fight Trump’s tariffs," 17 June 2019 The queen used her toast to emphasize the importance of international institutions created by Britain, the United States and other allies after World War II, a subtle rebuttal to Trump, a critic of NATO and the U.N. Jonathan Lemire And Kevin Freking,, "President Trump turns from pomp to business in UK visit," 4 June 2019 In other words, Curry appears content to let his accomplishments serve as the ultimate rebuttal. Mark Medina, The Mercury News, "Steph Curry with thoughtful response on his legacy and jealousy among his peers," 4 June 2019 Such a simple point, an obvious rebuttal to a tired, old stereotype about Muslim women as oppressed and submissive. Asma Uddin, Teen Vogue, "An Excerpt From ‘When Islam is Not a Religion: Inside America’s Fight for Religious Freedom’," 26 May 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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