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rejoinder (n.)

mid-15c., from Old French noun use of rejoindre "to answer to a legal charge" (see rejoin (v.2)). Originally "defendant's answer to the replication" (the fourth stage in the pleadings in an action at common law). For noun use of infinitive in French law terms, see waiver.

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Definitions of rejoinder from WordNet

rejoinder (n.)
a quick reply to a question or remark (especially a witty or critical one);
it brought a sharp rejoinder from the teacher
rejoinder (n.)
(law) a pleading made by a defendant in response to the plaintiff's replication;
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