[ dee-bree-fing ]
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  1. the process or an instance of formally and systematically questioning participants in order to assess the conduct and results of a mission, project, therapeutic process, etc.:After the event, a detailed debriefing was conducted to ensure that all possible lessons were learned.Empirical studies could evaluate what qualities of therapeutic debriefing most influence patient learning and change.

  2. the process or an instance of formally and systematically questioning someone in order to obtain useful intelligence or information:Informant debriefings indicated that the primary sources of heroin are New York City–based trafficking organizations.Once the tactical debriefing was accomplished, the interrogation crew would determine which prisoners were significant enough to be targeted for high-level interrogation.

  1. an instance of information gathering or disclosure:Your guide will be able to give you an important safety debriefing and make sure you know what to expect.

  2. Psychology. the process or an instance of disclosing information after an experiment in order to inform a subject of the purpose and reasons for any deception or manipulation: Another goal of the debriefing is for the researcher to obtain participants' reactions to the study itself.

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