:"This article is about the legal concept, for a rebuttal used in informal logic, see counterargument".

In law, rebuttal is a form of evidence that is presented to contradict or nullify other evidence that has been presented by an adverse party. By analogy the same term is used in politics and public affairs to refer to the informal process by which statements, designed to refute or negate specific arguments put forward by opponents, are deployed in the media.

In law, special rules apply to rebuttal. Rebuttal evidence or rebuttal witnesses must be confined solely to the subject matter of the evidence rebutted. New evidence on other subjects may not be brought in rebuttal. However, rebuttal is one of the few vehicles whereby a party may introduce surprise evidence or witnesses. How it works is this: Both sides of a controversy are obliged to declare in advance of trial what witnesses they plan to call, and what each witness is expected to testify to. When either a plaintiff (or prosecutor) or defendant brings direct evidence or testimony which was not anticipated, the other side may be granted a specific opportunity to rebut it. In rebuttal, the rebutting party may generally bring witnesses and evidence which were never declared before, so long as they serve to rebut the prior evidence.

Also, in a persuasive essay, as many students have to write, that is also a recap of what they have stated earlier in the essay.yep that's right

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  • Rebuttal — Re*but tal (r[ e]*b[u^]t tal), n. (Law) The giving of evidence on the part of a plaintiff to destroy the effect of evidence introduced by the defendant in the same suit. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • rebuttal — (n.) 1793, from REBUT (Cf. rebut) + AL (Cf. al) (2) …   Etymology dictionary

  • rebuttal — [n] counterstatement answer, confutation, counteraccusation, counterargument, countercharge, counterclaim, defense, rejoinder, reply; concepts 274,278 …   New thesaurus

  • rebuttal — ► NOUN ▪ a refutation or contradiction …   English terms dictionary

  • rebuttal — [ribut′ l] n. a rebutting, esp. in law …   English World dictionary

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