an act of rebutting, as in a debate.

1820–30; rebut + -al2

rejoinder, refutation, denial, confutation. Unabridged
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rebut (rɪˈbʌt)
vb , -buts, -butting, -butted
(tr) to refute or disprove, esp by offering a contrary contention or argument
[C13: from Old French reboter, from re- + boter to thrust, butt³]

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1830, from rebut.
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rebuttal definition

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

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Example sentences
It would be fine for a revise-and-resubmit, because there would be a chance for
  clarifying and rebuttal if necessary.
There is a theory and a rebuttal for every point you make as well as the other
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
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