an act of rebutting, as in a debate.

Origin of rebuttal

First recorded in 1820–30; rebut + -al2

Synonyms for rebuttal Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for rebuttal

Contemporary Examples of rebuttal

Historical Examples of rebuttal

  • 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.


    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

Culture definitions for rebuttal


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

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