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[ri-join-der] /rɪˈdʒɔɪn dər/
an answer to a reply; response.
Law. a defendant's answer to a plaintiff's replication.
Origin of rejoinder
1475-85; < Middle French rejoindre (noun use of infinitive); see rejoin2
Related forms
nonrejoinder, noun
1. reply, riposte. See answer. Unabridged
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  • And on Isabel's making no rejoinder he went on to enquire whether it took his lordship five days to indite a letter.

  • You did not look upward,” was the rejoinder, “and God is observing you.

  • Without waiting for Mata's rejoinder, Um-ko, who had heard the words of the priest, now came swiftly to the veranda.

    The Dragon Painter Mary McNeil Fenollosa
  • For a time the Condesa made no rejoinder, herself as much affected as her friend.

    The Free Lances Mayne Reid
  • "Ez I allow, that's jest what the good Lord fotched us here for—to find out," was Yeates's rejoinder.

    The Master of Appleby Francis Lynde
  • "I saw you stealing the apples," cried Molly, disregarding his rejoinder.

    Grey Town Gerald Baldwin
  • "Thank'ee," was the rejoinder; but still, though he moved back towards the cellar door, he lingered.

    Under the Mendips Emma Marshall
  • “Perhaps Min will get through the preliminaries,” was the rejoinder.

British Dictionary definitions for rejoinder


a reply or response to a question or remark, esp a quick witty one; retort
(law) (in pleading) the answer made by a defendant to the claimant's reply
Word Origin
C15: from Old French rejoindre to rejoin²
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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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