From (French) rejoindre, infinitive, to join again. See Rejoin.
1. An answer to a reply; or, in general, an answer or reply.2. (Law) The defendant's answer to the plaintiff's replication.
To make a rejoinder. [Archaic]
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From Middle French rejoindre, with infinitive used as noun frequent in Law French.
rejoinder (plural rejoinders) (law) defendant's answer to the replication. A quick response that involves disagreement or is witty; especially an answer to a reply. 1919, W. Somerset Maugham, The Moon and Sixpence, chapter 38 "I'm starting to-morrow. This is perhaps the last time we shall ever meet." I made an appropriate rejoinder, and he smiled wanly.
rejoinder (third-person singular simple present rejoinders, present participle rejoindering, simple past and past participle rejoindered) (intransitive) To issue a rejoinder. (transitive) To say as a rejoinder.
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