prebuttal

[ pri-buht-l, pree- ]
/ prɪˈbʌt l, pri- /

noun

an argument constructed in anticipation of a criticism: The alderman began his speech with a question-answer style prebuttal.

Nearby words

  1. prebiotics,
  2. prebirth,
  3. preble,
  4. preble, edward,
  5. preboard,
  6. prec.,
  7. precalculus,
  8. precambrian,
  9. precancel,
  10. precancer

Origin of prebuttal

First recorded in 1980–85; pre-+ (re)buttal

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British Dictionary definitions for prebuttal

prebuttal

/ (priːˈbʌtəl) /

noun

informal a prepared response to an anticipated criticism

Word Origin for prebuttal

C20: pre- + (re) buttal

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