Definition of rebuttal in English:



  • 1An instance of rebutting evidence or an accusation.

    • ‘In some instances, Baker provided rebuttals to her critics.’
    • ‘No book can offer a rebuttal to all criticisms of Cuba, and it's reasonable to say that no book should.’
    • ‘Professor McVie last night gave a vigorous rebuttal to allegations made against him and his charity by the leader of the Scottish Executive's cancer task force.’
    • ‘Both Armstrong and Grice are now understood to be issuing rebuttals to Fraser, furious at the way their actions have been judged.’
    • ‘But their decision to rest their case without presenting a defence rebuttal allows closing arguments to begin as early as Wednesday next week.’
    • ‘Opening for the plaintiff, Paul Gallagher SC not only outlined the evidence he proposes to bring forward but also attempted an advance rebuttal of the defence case.’
    • ‘The row is set to intensify later this week when the producers will hit back with a rebuttal of the criticisms in the letter.’
    • ‘Many of Rogers' assertions and specific rebuttals (which form, in effect, a counter-reading of Kornbluh's book) are best answered by Kornbluh himself.’
    • ‘And I would predict that the rebuttal will be in direct response to the forensic entomologist.’
    • ‘Every decision made thus far by the new national coach has been a rebuttal of every complaint made by his predecessor.’
    • ‘Earlier in her prepared testimony, Ms Rice neither criticised Mr Clarke nor offered a point-by-point rebuttal of what he had said.’
    • ‘In general, an effective rebuttal will require evidence that Marjorie's actions were voluntary.’
    • ‘Churchill's response was a two-day debate on the conduct of the war, wound up with a point-by-point rebuttal of his critics.’
    • ‘We have been trying to talk to Mr Bentley and the national park authority for a long time and all we have had is rebuttals and refusals to talk.’
    • ‘The Ministry of Defence issued a rebuttal of the report two hours before it was published.’
    • ‘He handled some predictably hostile and downright rude remarks with very solid rebuttals and a refusal to take insults.’
    • ‘Then, instead of dealing forthrightly with the charges leveled, you cite the rebuttal as evidence that there is a ‘controversy’ to teach.’
    • ‘My post below, about Architecture was never designed as evidence for the rebuttal.’
    • ‘There were pointed fingers and raised voices, harsh accusations and angry rebuttals.’
    • ‘Responding to this personal attack, Paul's comments are a sarcastic rebuttal of the denunciations of his victims.’
    refutation, denial, disproving, counter-argument, countering, invalidation, negation, contradiction
    counterstatement, surrejoinder, rebutter, surrebutter, replication
    confutation, disproval
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    1. 1.1
      another term for rebutter
      • ‘After the defence rests, prosecutors will begin a rebuttal and Jackson's attorneys will then be given an opportunity to respond.’
      • ‘In another unusual move, although not unprecedented, the prosecution offered no rebuttal to the defense testimony.’
      • ‘Judge Soedarto adjourned the next hearing to next Monday, when Antashari will reply to the rebuttals by the defendant's team of lawyers.’
      • ‘Prosecutors will begin a rebuttal this afternoon, and Jackson's attorneys will then be given an opportunity to respond.’
      • ‘The prosecution rebuttal began on Wednesday after the defence rested its case without putting Jackson on the stand.’
      • ‘The jury was expected to get the case sometime later the day, after the end of the plaintiff's argument and a rebuttal by the senior deputy district attorney.’