an act of rebutting, as in a debate.

Nearby words

  1. rebuild,
  2. rebuke,
  3. rebus,
  4. rebus sic stantibus,
  5. rebut,
  6. rebutter,
  7. rec,
  8. rec room,
  9. rec.,
  10. rec. sec.

Origin of rebuttal

First recorded in 1820–30; rebut + -al2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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

Culture definitions for rebuttal


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

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