Rebuttable Evidence Law and Legal Definition

Rebuttable evidence refers to any evidence that repels, counteracts, or disproves evidence given by a witness or adverse party. Rebuttable evidence is offered by a party after the presentation of both sides' evidence. The purpose is to contradict the opposed party’s evidence.

“Rebuttal evidence is, as its name indicates, that which tends to explain or contradict or disprove evidence offered by the adverse party. The admissibility of rebuttal, like the admissibility of redirect, evidence is within the sound discretion of the trial court." [Layton v. State, 261 Ind. 251, 255 (Ind. 1973)]