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[ri-buht-l] /rɪˈbʌt l/
an act of rebutting, as in a debate.
Origin of rebuttal
First recorded in 1820-30; rebut + -al2
rejoinder, refutation, denial, confutation. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Then came a determination to redeem herself in the rebuttal!


    Jane Abbott
  • Montcalm waited for some rebuttal from his supporters, but none was forthcoming.

    The Gift Bearer Charles Louis Fontenay
  • Alhamid felt it necessary to make a mild speech in rebuttal.


    Randall Garrett
  • Only one witness was called by the commonwealth in rebuttal, and his evidence was valueless.

    Homestead Arthur G. Burgoyne
  • However, he offered no rebuttal, nor did he reprove his daughter.

    The Secret Pact Mildred A. Wirt
Word Origin and History for rebuttal

1793, from rebut + -al (2). Earlier were rebutment (1590s) and rebutter (1530s, in law).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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rebuttal in Culture

rebuttal definition

A reply intended to show fault in an opponent's argument.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
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