• WordNet 3.6
    • n rebuttal (law) a pleading by the defendant in reply to a plaintiff's surrejoinder
    • n rebuttal the speech act of refuting by offering a contrary contention or argument
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Rebuttal (Law) The giving of evidence on the part of a plaintiff to destroy the effect of evidence introduced by the defendant in the same suit.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n rebuttal The act of rebutting; refutation; confutation; contradiction.
    • n rebuttal In law, that part of a trial in which the plaintiff endeavors to meet the defendant's evidence by counter-evidence.
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In literature:

They were not rebuttal witnesses.
"Wild Justice" by Ruth M. Sprague
But on her lips was the maddening half-smile of one whose rebuttal is ready.
"Emma McChesney & Co." by Edna Ferber
Rebuttal was precisely similar.
"The Sea-Wolf" by Jack London
Elaborate arguments have been devised in rebuttal.
"Lincoln" by Nathaniel Wright Stephenson
Twain's rebuttal (Mr. Froude's Progress) would have been 'a propos' for Harte in Cambridge.
"Literary Friends And Acquaintances" by William Dean Howells
Then came the Rejoinder, then the Surrejoinder, then the Rebutter, then the Surrebutter.
"The Crisis, Complete" by Winston Churchill
Neither had any one of the prosecutor's witnesses been asked a single question in rebuttal.
"The Underdog" by F. Hopkinson Smith
Those workingmen were without doubt waiting for the rebuttal of his answer from their venerable spokesman.
"The Torrent" by Vicente Blasco Ibañez
The rebuttal should always be extemporaneous.
"The Making of Arguments" by J. H. Gardiner
Having no argument to present in way of rebuttal, I shook hands with the old man and started away.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Vol. 2 of 14" by Elbert Hubbard
In every debate there is a regular time allowed for rebuttal.
"Elements of Debating" by Leverett S. Lyon
He was then summoned back in rebuttal, and Natalya and Anna's case was called.
"Making Both Ends Meet" by Sue Ainslie Clark and Edith Wyatt
Rebuttal of the second charge, that old age weakens the physical powers.
"Cato Maior de Senectute" by Marcus Tullius Cicero
But it was against Mr. Colbrith's principles to let a man off with a single rebuttal.
"Empire Builders" by Francis Lynde
After the rebuttal the last points left with the judges should be constructive arguments.
"Public Speaking" by Clarence Stratton
We wish, of course, to arrange our rebuttal.
"The Holladay Case" by Burton E. Stevenson
He clutched his three facts to him as a shield, groping for others which might have afforded a weapon of rebuttal.
"Storm Over Warlock" by Andre Norton
In rebuttal, the prosecution made much of Harold's fierce words.
"The Eagle's Heart" by Hamlin Garland
But now his time had come to speak in rebuttal.
"Carmen Ariza" by Charles Francis Stocking
The biologist straightened the sleeves of his coat with a smug gesture and awaited Hockley's rebuttal.
"The Unlearned" by Raymond F. Jones

In poetry:

Before you send me up that card
With rime and diction far from subtle,
Hear what a now rebellious bard
Says in a quasi-pre-rebuttal.
"Christmas Cards" by Franklin Pierce Adams
Then came pleas and rejoinders, rebutters, demurrers,
Such as Chitty would plough into Richard Roe's furrows; —
Cross questions, and very cross answers, to suit —
So the gist of the case was the point in dispute.
"Scire Facias" by John Gardiner Calkins Brainard

In news:

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is a rebuttal of Mandy Flynn's column last week submitted by her husband, Mike, under the Fair Household Response Act.
The Thunder put a stop to that talk late last week, and the Celtics provided a rebuttal of their own on Sunday.
From Voices of the Peninsula, Aug 20, "Sometimes Fisheries Must Change with the Times," I offer some timely rebuttal.
Letter about Huff 's CZMP decision begs for rebuttal.
The center advised companies that received negative ISS recommendations to send rebuttals to shareholders and itself warned the nation's 100 biggest institutional investors about possible "bias and errors" in proxy advisers' recommendations.
A Rebuttal From Wired's Copydesk.
The technology journalist Robert X Cringley has an article criticizing H1-B visas that I think is worth offering a rebuttal to.
My letter is a rebuttal to the letter from Rev.
House Budget Chairman Will Deliver Rebuttal to Obama, Craft Spending Cuts.
A Rebuttal to Theodore Olson, Jeffrey Lord, January 19, 2010.
But I think SOTU rebuttals are so consistently wretched for more systemic reasons.
The University of Alabama has made available its Sept 17 rebuttal to NCAA Committee on Infractions arguments in the school's ongoing appeal of textbook sanctions.
For Romney, debate and rebuttal .
Biden to offer rebuttal to Romney at NAACP.
Rebuttal regarding Nave's letter on abortion.

In science:

That rebuttal is subtle, and many physicists (e.g.
Quantum theory and the role of mind in nature
But these assumptions are in fact false—and correcting these assumptions will be the main ingredient in my rebuttal of the RDA.
On the Persistence of Homogeneous Matter
While Netzer (2009) concluded that radiation pressure is not significant, and that the empirically-determined value by Marconi et al. (2008) is too high, the rebuttal by Marconi et al. (2009) counters this.
An expanded M_bh-sigma diagram, and a new calibration of active galactic nuclei masses
This again shows that the ‘ambiguity’ passage is key to understanding his rebuttal of EPR.
Quantum discord is Bohr's notion of non-mechanical disturbance introduced in his answer to EPR
In this note, we present the rebuttal of all critical points raised, demonstrating that our original paper (i) contains no errors, and (ii) correctly describes prompt GRB emission spectra.
Comment on the paper "Diffusive Synchrotron Radiation from Relativistic Shocks of Gamma-Ray Burst Sources" by G. D. Fleishman
But all this mathematical developments, although very wonderful, do not answer the main question implicit in Aristotle’s rebuttal of Zeno: how the real motion actually takes place and whether its present day mathematical image still corresponds to reality at the most fundamental level.
Zeno meets modern science
That equality need not respect the inequality (21). A violation of (21) by (19)for some choice of directions would constitute a rebuttal of the classical description.
Superposition and Entanglement: Pillars of Quantum Information Processing
In their rebuttal , Beck and Mackey make in Sect. V the following general statement: “ The theory of dissipative non-equilibrium quantum systems, such as driven Josephson junctions, is much less well understood than the Casimir effect.
Josephson junctions and dark energy
In the terminology of my introduction, Ref. argues that rooted staggered fermions are “bad”. I t is by now clear, as shown in a rebuttal by Bernard, Golterman, Shamir and myself (BGSS) , that the arguments of Ref. do not demonstrate this.
Rooted staggered fermions: good, bad or ugly?
In short, it seemed to us as Grishchuk’s claims were firmly rebutted and that he has not responded adequately to these rebuttals.
Are all perturbations created equal? An analysis of the WMAP 5- and 7-year data without inflationary prejudice
The article author may subsequently post a public rebuttal to the reviews.
Many have suggested and adopted refinements of peer review, for instance, double blind peer review with author rebuttals.
True Peer Review
For example, the AAMAS (Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems) series of conferences implement double blind paper reviewing with author rebuttals.
True Peer Review
The Comment, by Goupalov et al. , which refuted his model and his subsequent rebuttal have exacerbated the controversy.
Selection rules for Brillouin light scattering from eigenvibrations of a sphere