from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The act of rebutting.
- n. A statement made in rebutting.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The act of refuting something by making a contrary argument, or presenting contrary evidence.
- n. A pleading by a defendant in reply to the evidence put forward by a plaintiff or the prosecution.
- n. A statement, designed to refute or negate specific arguments put forward by opponents.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The giving of evidence on the part of a plaintiff to destroy the effect of evidence introduced by the defendant in the same suit.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of rebutting; refutation; confutation; contradiction.
- n. In law, that part of a trial in which the plaintiff endeavors to meet the defendant's evidence by counter-evidence.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. (law) a pleading by the defendant in reply to a plaintiff's surrejoinder
- n. the speech act of refuting by offering a contrary contention or argument
rebut + -al. (Wiktionary)