from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A plaintiff's reply to a defendant's rejoinder.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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.

    Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 7

  • So on, assertion, rejoinder, surrejoinder, and rebuttal, till the dispassionate philosopher in the pillows wearied of his conceit and directed his thoughts toward breakfast.

    The Henchman

  • 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."

    Bill Arp from the uncivil war to date, 1861-1903,

  • 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.

    Bill Arp from the uncivil war to date, 1861-1903,

  • After this came rejoinder and surrejoinder, and reduplications of both, poured in by broadsides.

    Swallow Barn, or A Sojourn in the Old Dominion. In Two Volumes. Vol. I.

  • Enns responded, and then I wrote a surrejoinder just on this very issue.


  • a surrejoinder by Macaulay in the Edinburgh Review of October, 1829.

    Miscellaneous Writings and Speeches — Volume 1


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