rejoinder

noun re·join·der \ ri-ˈjȯin-dər \
Updated on: 16 Dec 2017

Definition of rejoinder

1 : the defendant's answer to the plaintiff's replication
2 : reply; specifically : an answer to a reply

Examples of rejoinder in a Sentence

  1. The article was a stinging rejoinder to her critics.

  2. he always has a smart-aleck rejoinder to everything

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Origin and Etymology of rejoinder

Middle English rejoiner, from Anglo-French rejoinder, from rejoinder, verb

Synonym Discussion of rejoinder

answer, response, reply, rejoinder, retort mean something spoken, written, or done in return. answer implies the satisfying of a question, demand, call, or need.
    • had answers to all their questions
response may imply a quick or spontaneous reaction to a person or thing that serves as a stimulus.
    • a response to the call for recruits
reply often suggests a thorough response to all issues, points, or questions raised.
    • a point-by-point reply to the accusation
rejoinder can be a response to a reply or to an objection.
    • a salesman with a quick rejoinder to every argument
retort implies a reaction to an implicit or explicit charge, criticism, or attack which contains a countercharge or counterattack.
    • she made a cutting retort to her critics

REJOINDER Defined for English Language Learners

rejoinder

noun

Definition of rejoinder for English Language Learners

  • : a usually rude or angry reply to something written or said


REJOINDER Defined for Kids

rejoinder

noun re·join·der \ ri-ˈjȯin-dər \

Definition of rejoinder for Students

: 2reply

Law Dictionary

rejoinder

noun re·join·der \ ri-ˈjȯin-dər \

legal Definition of rejoinder

: an answer to a reply; specifically : the defendant's answer to the plaintiff's reply or replication under common-law pleading

Origin and Etymology of rejoinder

Anglo-French, from rejoindre rejoinder to make rejoinder, literally, to join again, meet, from Old French, from re- again + joindre to join



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