re·​join·​der | \ ri-ˈjȯin-dər How to pronounce rejoinder (audio) \

Definition of rejoinder

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

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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

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The article was a stinging rejoinder to her critics. he always has a smart-aleck rejoinder to everything
Recent Examples on the Web The rejoinder to all this is that the furtive and ambiguous nature of the interaction with the Ukrainians may well point to a cognizance of its impropriety. Rich Lowry, National Review, "The Best Trump Defense," 1 Nov. 2019 And Ocean’s event could have made a neat utopian rejoinder to the medical/musical juxtapositions depicted in AIDS-crisis histories such as Robin Campillo’s BPM. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "What Frank Ocean’s PrEP+ Party Understood," 22 Oct. 2019 In this kind of group text, the second and completely necessary part of the conversation cycle is a series of fist-shaking rejoinders about what a garbage company PG&E is. Caille Millner,, "PG&E Outage: Feeling powerless when shut-off looms," 11 Oct. 2019 In a rejoinder, the city dismissed these arguments. S.m. | New York, The Economist, "The Supreme Court mulls whether to ditch a gun-rights case," 11 Sep. 2019 My rejoinder to that would be that the idea that Joe Biden could return a lot of those white working-class voters to the Democratic fold could turn out to be a mirage. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, "What the Democrats’ Turn Leftward Means for the Party’s Chances in 2020," 3 July 2019 As this week began, a group of roughly 200 top Democratic strategists met here in Charleston, S.C., to offer their rejoinder. Philip Elliott / Charleston, Time, "These Democrats Are Trying to Ensure the Term ‘Socialism’ Doesn’t Define Them in 2020," 19 June 2019 But consolidating them into one progressive laundry list is a rejoinder to critics on the left who have attacked her history as San Francisco district attorney and California attorney general. Casey Tolan, The Mercury News, "Kamala Harris: end death penalty, remove mandatory minimum sentences, close private prisons," 9 Sep. 2019 The problem with this rejoinder: The politics of global warming are necessarily divisive, and one side of the divide is already mobilizing to protect its own narrow interests. Matt Simon, WIRED, "Don't Ask How to Pay for Climate Change. Ask Who," 2 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of rejoinder

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for rejoinder

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

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The first known use of rejoinder was in the 15th century

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English Language Learners Definition of rejoinder

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


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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

History and Etymology for 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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