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The answer made by a defendant in the second stage of Common-Law Pleading that rebuts or denies the assertions made in the plaintiff's replication.

The rejoinder allows a defendant to present a more responsive and specific statement challenging the allegations made against him or her by the plaintiff.


noun answer, counteraccusation, countercharge, counterstatement, defense, plea in rebuttal, reply, response, retort
See also: answer, confutation, contradiction, counterargument, counterclaim, reaction, reply, response

REJOINDER, pleadings. The name of the defendant's answer to the plaintiff's replication.
     2. The general requisites of a rejoinder are, 1. It must be triable. 2. It must not be double, nor will several rejoinders be allowed to the same declaration. 3. It must be certain. 4. It must be direct and positive, and not merely by way of recital or argumentative. 5. it must not be repugnant or insensible. 6. It must be conformable to, and not depart from the plea. Co. Litt. 304; 6 Com. Dig. 185 Archb. Civ. Pl. 278; U. S. Dig, Pleading, XIII.

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I believe this to be a hit at the writer's own countrymen who were of Phocaean descent, and the next following line to be a rejoinder to complaints made against her in bk.
Her eyes darkened, and he expected an indignant rejoinder.
I made an appropriate rejoinder, and he smiled wanly.
He was still bursting with rage, however, at the cruel injustice of Professor Porter's insinuation, and was on the point of rendering a tart rejoinder when his eyes fell upon a strange figure standing a few paces away, scrutinizing them intently.
I don't like him," she added in a tone admitting of no rejoinder and raising her eyebrows.
That depends on the line of study taken," said Will, also getting a tone of rejoinder.
Sing poor," with which more or less enigmatical rejoinder the Chinaman returned to his work.
Action's what I fatten on, and I lift another thousand," was MacDonald's rejoinder.
No, but that she is loved," was the smiling rejoinder.
You've forfeited your rights to own that dog," was the rejoinder.
Rook forgot her piety; she was ready with an impudent rejoinder.
It chanced however that, on one of these mornings when the evil mood was upon her, Agatha the young tire-woman, thinking to please her mistress, began also to toss her head and make tart rejoinder to the teacher's questions.