Definition of rebuttal in English:



  • 1A refutation or contradiction.

    • ‘It was not sufficient, by way of rebuttal of the perjury charge, to identify some other possible explanation for Mr Sage's evidence.’
    • ‘And in practice, given that the position already has its advocates, it would be shortsighted not to provide at least some rebuttal beyond the obvious technical critiques.’
    • ‘Mr. Wilson confirmed that he had read Mr. Johnston's rebuttal of his report which is Exhibit 61.’
    • ‘This order does not include costs relating to any rebuttal experiment the claimant may have performed which was not the subject of Dr Jones's evidence.’
    • ‘So under the First Amendment, the remedy for error is rebuttal, not litigation.’
    • ‘Prosecutor will reportedly call eight rebuttal witnesses tomorrow.’
    • ‘It has real power of moral authority, and is actually the only argument for which there is no valid rebuttal.’
    • ‘At the conclusion of the evidence for the defence and the evidence, if any, in rebuttal, the accused may address the court if he has not already done so.’
    • ‘It is not the normal practice for the Secretary of State to call any witnesses in rebuttal of an appellant's evidence.’
    • ‘The claimant would wish to call several witnesses, including Professor Keane, in rebuttal.’
    • ‘While a consideration of one factor may point to rebuttal of the presumption, consideration of the others may point to the presumption being upheld.’
    • ‘They consider all reasonable explanations, rebuttals and refutations as provocations to China.’
    • ‘The ease of publishing on the Net is such that if someone posts something obviously erroneous, someone else can easily post a rebuttal, refutation, or correction.’
    • ‘The defendant cannot fetter the scope of the plaintiff's evidence in rebuttal of the charge…’
    • ‘In the absence of any effective rebuttal, it had to draw its own conclusions.’
    • ‘The prosecution has called several rebuttal witnesses to the stand to testify about the way in which evidence was collected.’
    • ‘Opponents of the ban have mobilized several arguments, each of which warrants attention, discussion, and effective rebuttal.’
    • ‘I mean, would a brief time of rebuttal be that disrespectful?’
    • ‘Now, today we are waiting to hear rebuttal from prosecution witnesses.’
    • ‘Next, a 10-minute rebuttal is given by each speaker.’
    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
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The prosecution rebuttal began on Wednesday after the defence rested its case without putting Jackson on the stand.’
      • ‘Prosecutors will begin a rebuttal this afternoon, 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.’
      • ‘After the defence rests, prosecutors will begin a rebuttal and Jackson's attorneys will then be given an opportunity to respond.’