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Answer

A formal rebuttal that the defendant in a lawsuit makes against the claims of the plaintiff. The answer asserts that the plaintiff's allegations are false, or, if they are true, that the defendant is not liable for them.
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"I haven't," Aynesworth answered. "I've a commission to do."
"I will wait," Aynesworth answered, taking up a paper.
``Enter freely,'' answered Cedric to the supposed friar; ``with what intent art thou come hither?''
``To bid you prepare yourselves for death,'' answered the Jester.
"Not one moment," he answered. "Yes - now, this instant - or I go!"
"Good!" I answered. "I will come now; but first I would run to my own place to see how it goes with Macropha, my wife.
"That is not the king's command, Mopo," they answered. "His word is that you should stand before him at once."
"But the plaster is heavy," answered Pinocchio, "and the work too hard for me."
In less than a half hour, at least twenty people passed and Pinocchio begged of each one, but they all answered:
"Nothing, thank you," she answered. "I wish only to be alone while I read this."
"I cannot tell them things which I do not know myself," she answered, frowning.
"I am very pleased to hear it," she answered. "He's a dear boy!"