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[ri-buht-l] /rɪˈbʌt l/
an act of rebutting, as in a debate.
Origin of rebuttal
1820-30; rebut + -al2
rejoinder, refutation, denial, confutation. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Two arguments in rebuttal will at once be brought forward, both apparently conclusive.

    Preventable Diseases Woods Hutchinson
  • Montcalm waited for some rebuttal from his supporters, but none was forthcoming.

    The Gift Bearer Charles Louis Fontenay
  • In debating, this repulse, this destruction of the arguments of the opposition, is called refutation or rebuttal.

    Elements of Debating Leverett S. Lyon
  • Alhamid felt it necessary to make a mild speech in rebuttal.

    Anchorite Randall Garrett
  • And what, the article further demanded, had her friends to offer in rebuttal but her social position, her youth and her beauty?

    The Ordeal of Elizabeth Elizabeth Von Arnim
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
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rebuttal in Culture

rebuttal definition

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

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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