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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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Examples from the web for rebuttal
  • It would be fine for a revise-and-resubmit, because there would be a chance for clarifying and rebuttal if necessary.
  • The rebuttal references researchers in this area who have something interesting to say.
  • There is a theory and a rebuttal for every point you make as well as the other side.
  • If luncheon meats are to be your rebuttal for scientifically sound arguments, your point of view is dead meat.
  • It's actually this author's rebuttal to the precautionary principle that is weak.
  • Frank offered no rebuttal, but the answer he could have made is so obvious.
  • Illustration of his approach: setting up the opponents' argument in a way that suits the rebuttal he has planned.
  • The rebuttal is that it is up to people whether they want to take the risk or not.
  • But denial of scientific observation will invite a rebuttal by the scientists.
  • Your rebuttal is right in broad principle, but not in current practice.
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.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
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