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Generally, a defendant must answer the petition within the time stated in the summons, and not answer on any particular day, and the day named as answer day is only the limit of the time in which the answer can be made. Hence, answer day means the last day for a defendant to answer in a law suit. Under the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, defendant generally must serve an answer within 20 days of receiving the summons and complaint, or if a defendant timely waives service at the plaintiff’s request , within 60 days after the request for waiver was sent. It is also called as appearance date or appearance day.