rejoinder

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle French rejoindre, with infinitive used as noun frequent in Law French.

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Noun[edit]

rejoinder ‎(plural rejoinders)

  1. (law) defendant's answer to the replication.
  2. A quick response that involves disagreement or is witty; especially an answer to a question.
  3. (patents) in US patent law re-insertion, typically after allowance of a patent application, of patent claims that had been withdrawn from examination under a restriction requirement.

Usage notes[edit]

Formally, a reply to a reply, but in non-legal sense also used for simple replies.

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Verb[edit]

rejoinder ‎(third-person singular simple present rejoinders, present participle rejoindering, simple past and past participle rejoindered)

  1. (intransitive) To issue a rejoinder.
  2. (transitive) To say as a rejoinder.