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  1. an act of rebutting, as in a debate.
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Origin of rebuttal

First recorded in 1820–30; rebut + -al2

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Related Words for rebuttal

reply, rejoinder, defense, answer, counterclaim, countercharge, counterargument, confutation

Examples from the Web for rebuttal

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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).

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

rebuttal in Culture


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

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