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[ri-join-der] /rɪˈdʒɔɪn dər/
an answer to a reply; response.
Law. a defendant's answer to a plaintiff's replication.
Origin of rejoinder
1475-85; < Middle French rejoindre (noun use of infinitive); see rejoin2
Related forms
nonrejoinder, noun
1. reply, riposte.
Synonym Study
1. See answer. Unabridged
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  • "I suppose it brought out a few," was Mr. Galloway's rejoinder.

    The Channings Mrs. Henry Wood
  • Montague was quick in his rejoinder, though he made it at a venture.

  • Her rejoinder came in a low, grieved monotone: "Did you say had hoped?"

    The Cavalier George Washington Cable
  • "It's my work," said Turkey, in a decisive tone, which left me no room for rejoinder.

    Ranald Bannerman's Boyhood George MacDonald
  • The speech was uttered to induce a rejoinder, but she made none.

    Davenport Dunn, Volume 2 (of 2) Charles James Lever
  • Loyd could not help smiling, though scarcely pleased at this rejoinder.

    A Rent In A Cloud Charles James Lever
  • "Well, he sent his regards to you, Dave," was Belle's rejoinder.

    Dave Porter At Bear Camp Edward Stratemeyer
  • By way of rejoinder he asked her if she desired of him the surrender of his seat.

    Pandora Henry James
British Dictionary definitions for rejoinder


a reply or response to a question or remark, esp a quick witty one; retort
(law) (in pleading) the answer made by a defendant to the claimant's reply
Word Origin
C15: from Old French rejoindre to rejoin²
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Word Origin and History for rejoinder

mid-15c., from Middle French noun use of rejoindre (see rejoin (v.2)). Originally "defendant's answer to the replication" (the fourth stage in the pleadings in an action at common law). For noun use of infinitive in French law terms, cf. waiver.

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