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[ri-buht-l] /rɪˈbʌt l/
an act of rebutting, as in a debate.
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 rebuttals
  • But history has a way of arranging ironic rebuttals.
  • Allow each side time to prepare opening comments and concise arguments that support their position and to anticipate rebuttals.
  • Here are some fact checked rebuttals to the information in your article.
  • What follows is only a partial list of the contrarians' bad arguments and some brief rebuttals of them.
  • Along with spreading the conversation around, that discourages hasty rebuttals.
  • And it's why he has resorted to posting a couple of phony rebuttals of his own.
  • McLuhan preferred to make his rebuttals in the form of a quip.
  • Well, not really rebuttals, but rather some quibbles.
  • The site will even import a visitor's e-mail contacts to help him or her widely disseminate the campaign's rumor rebuttals.
  • Unfortunately, the main repercussion was a fierce series of rebuttals.
Word Origin and History for rebuttals



1793, from rebut + -al (2). Earlier were rebutment (1590s) and rebutter (1530s, in law).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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rebuttals 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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