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  1. an answer to a reply; response.
  2. Law. a defendant's answer to a plaintiff's replication.
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Origin of rejoinder

1475–85; < Middle French rejoindre (noun use of infinitive); see rejoin2
Related formsnon·re·join·der, noun

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1. See answer.
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Related Words for rejoinder

repartee, rebuttal, retort, return, defense, comeback, wisecrack, response, counterclaim, countercharge, counterargument, confutation, counterstatement

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British Dictionary definitions for rejoinder


  1. a reply or response to a question or remark, esp a quick witty one; retort
  2. law (in pleading) the answer made by a defendant to the claimant's reply
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Word Origin for rejoinder

C15: from Old French rejoindre to rejoin ²
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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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