from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A plaintiff's reply to a defendant's rejoinder.
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- n. :In common law pleading, a plaintiff's answer to the defendant's rejoinder.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The answer of a plaintiff to a defendant's rejoinder.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The answer of a plaintiff in common-law pleading to a defendant's rejoinder.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. (law) a pleading by the plaintiff in reply to the defendant's rejoinder
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The governor rejoined by a repetition of his demand; the captain-general gave a surrejoinder of still greater length, and legal acumen; the governor became hotter and more peremptory in his demands, and the captain-general cooler and more copious in his replies; until the old lion-hearted soldier absolutely roared with fury at being thus entangled in the meshes of legal controversy.
So on, assertion, rejoinder, surrejoinder, and rebuttal, till the dispassionate philosopher in the pillows wearied of his conceit and directed his thoughts toward breakfast.
After the joinder and the rejoinder and the surrejoinder the jury retired to a log and eventually brought in this verdict: "We, the jury, find for the plaintiff two dollars and fifty cents unless the defendant will take back what he said."
It is like a bill in equity that has nine parts, and there is the accusation and the rejoinder and the surrejoinder and other mysteries.
After this came rejoinder and surrejoinder, and reduplications of both, poured in by broadsides.
Enns responded, and then I wrote a surrejoinder just on this very issue.
a surrejoinder by Macaulay in the Edinburgh Review of October, 1829.
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