from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A plaintiff's reply to a defendant's rebuttal.
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- n. The plaintiff’s reply in pleading to a defendant’s rebuttal.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The plaintiff's reply in common-law pleading to a defendant's rebutter.
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 rebutter
The man finally lost all patience and springing to his feet vociferated, 'Why don't you go at him with a fi. fa., a demurrer, a capias, a surrebutter, or a ne exeat, or something; or a nundam pactum or a non est?'
Then came the attack on the impropriety of the whole thing, and finally Mr. Barnum's triumphant surrebutter, showing he had most unwillingly been _goaded_ by the attacks of malevolent wretches into an unavoidable course of defence.
Mr. Bartlett (in his dictionary above cited) adds a surrebutter in a verse from Ford's