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 That was when Robert offered a rejoinder to his brother. Danny Heitman, WSJ, "Too Much Distance Ruins Travel," 4 Sep. 2020 Kennedy, who grew up in San Diego and attended Morse High, made headlines earlier this month with a tough-love rejoinder to a Carr comment. Tom Krasovic, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Las Vegas Raiders will be AFC West’s most intriguing team," 3 Sep. 2020 That brought about a rejoinder from Defense Secretary Mark Esper, who said America wasn’t in desperate enough shape to do that. Paul Bedard, Washington Examiner, "White House report card: A no-good, rotten week for Trump, ‘F’," 7 June 2020 The effects of the coronavirus pandemic are a sobering rejoinder to such hopes. Melody Schreiber, The New Republic, "The Coronavirus and the Limits of Individual Climate Action," 27 Apr. 2020 She's been tough in debates and unafraid to deliver a sharp rejoinder to a rival. Jonathan Allen, NBC News, "Five things to watch at the December Democratic debate," 19 Dec. 2019 This plainly evident desire to be together in public space, even in these difficult times, is a rejoinder to those who would suggest that there is no future for the city. Mark Lamster, Dallas News, "With the coronavirus, an opportunity to reinvent Dallas," 30 Apr. 2020 What began as a more holistic rejoinder to the crude biological reductionism of the early 20th century soon hardened into its own orthodoxy. Jennifer Szalai, New York Times, "The Suffering and Scientific Legacy of a Large Family Consumed by Schizophrenia," 30 Mar. 2020 Part of the underlying stress that fueled Nirenberg’s rejoinder to Patrick is the undeniable fact that the mayor can’t be sure how long stay-at-home restrictions will be necessary in San Antonio. Gilbert Garcia,, "Garcia: How long is long enough for stay-at-home policy?," 28 Mar. 2020

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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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15 Sep 2020

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“Rejoinder.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.

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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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