V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: a speech or statement that tries to counter or refute another statement

Synonyms: reply, comment, refutation, response, disproof, counter, counterclaim

Antonyms: question, approval, request

Tips: Think of the word refute, which means to "prove that an argument is wrong." A rebuttal tries to refute a claim in an argument. It is commonly heard in debate or when discussing debate, as in, "That was a great rebuttal." The related verb rebut means "to argue, refute, or dispute."

Usage Examples:

During the debate, she listened to her opponent's argument and successfully countered it in her rebuttal. (response, counter)

The defense in the case will begin its rebuttal next week. (counterclaim)

The loud, opinionated man would not allow her to rebut his argument. (refute, dispute) verb

His point was lengthy and so full of holes that a rebuttal will be easy to formulate. (response, counter)

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