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  • n. A preemptive rebuttal.

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Examples

  • BASH: Now, what you just saw there were the Democratic leaders in the House and the Senate give what they called their prebuttal to the president's State of the Union Address.

    CNN Transcript Jan 19, 2007

  • The other thing that you can apply that five-word prebuttal to, "it's not going to happen," the draft.

    CNN Transcript Sep 5, 2006

  • Romney at a stop in Tampa yesterday blasted Obama for failing to restart the struggling U.S. economy as he delivered what his campaign called a "prebuttal" to the president's State of the Union speech to Congress last night.

    BusinessWeek.com -- Top News

  • House Minority Leader John Boehner is planning to make a "prebuttal" speech ahead of Obama's address, speaking to about 10,000 people Tuesday afternoon at the 92nd American Legion National Convention in Milwaukee.

    Obama's Iraq speech: No 'Mission Accomplished' from Oval Office

  • So much for that theory that Ploffle's PowerPoint presentation was "prebuttal" for an expected bad result in this poll.

    New Obama Iowa Radio Ad Hits Hillary, Edwards Health Care Plans

  • There's a bit about how the Tories 'web team (now numbering several members strong) listen to speeches given up their opponents to buy up, in real-time, phrases that they can link to their "prebuttal" of their adversaries' arguments, like Google ads on the term "boiler scrappage scheme."

    techPresident

  • Compare what New York Magazine did for the Kochs: Uber-investigative journalist Charles Lewis profile on David Koch they published was essentially "planted" as a kind of prebuttal to soften the blows of Mayer's profile.

    AlterNet.org Main RSS Feed

  • Rachel revisited Dick Cheney's "prebuttal" of Obama's address on Afghanistan and reminded us that the former Vice President for Life is now essentially a dark voice of doom emanating from a burlap sack full of lies that we can't seem to tie closed.

    AfterEllen.com - Because visibility matters

  • GOP leaders offer a health care prebuttal to Obama

    Opposition mounts for Obama's consumer plan

  • CNN Political Ticker: All politics, all the time Blog Archive - GOP leaders offer a health care prebuttal to Obama « - Blogs from CNN. com

    GOP leaders offer a health care prebuttal to Obama

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  • Yes I do.

    No you don't.

    November 2, 2007

  • "I love Monty Python."
    "No you don't."

    November 2, 2007

  • I think it's more like anticipating a counter argument to the point you are making and then incorporating that into your argument.

    Here. This should make it very clear:

    M: I came here for a good argument.
    A: No you didn't; no, you came here for an argument.
    M: An argument isn't just contradiction.
    A: It can be.
    M: No it can't. An argument is a connected series of statements intended to establish a proposition.
    A: No it isn't.
    M: Yes it is! It's not just contradiction.
    A: Look, if I argue with you, I must take up a contrary position.
    M: Yes, but that's not just saying 'No it isn't.'
    A: Yes it is!
    M: No it isn't!
    A: Yes it is!
    M: Argument is an intellectual process. Contradiction is just the automatic gainsaying of any statement the other person makes.
    (short pause)
    A: No it isn't.
    M: It is.

    November 2, 2007

  • So is that like saying "I know what you're thinking, and don't even say it because you're wrong"?

    November 1, 2007

  • I've never heard this word, but it makes complete sense that it exists. Thanks for bringing it to my attention, flannagan. I always learn something here...

    November 1, 2007