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rejoinder (n.)

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