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  • noun rhetoric A rhetorical exercise in which the speaker raises an objection to his own argument and then immediately answers it, in an attempt to strengthen the argument by dealing with possible counter-arguments.
  • noun rhetoric Rebuttal of anticipated objections.
  • noun grammar Left dislocation.


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  • This technique has a distinguished relative in classical rhetoric: the device of procatalepsis, in which the speaker brings up and immediately refutes the anticipated objections of his or her hearer. Top Stories


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