Rebuttal (policy debate)

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In policy debate, the rebuttal speeches are the last four speeches who are delivered by the first or second speaker. Unlike the constructive speeches, rebuttal speeches are not followed by a cross-examination period.

In high school, rebuttals are usually 5 minutes long (with the exception of certain states and organizations that use 4 minute rebuttals).[1] In college debate, they are generally 6 minutes.

Rebuttal speeches must address arguments made in the constructive speeches. They generally may not propose new arguments or recover arguments dropped in a team's previous speeches.[2] Teams breaking from this precedent are often met by claims of abuse from opponents.

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  1. ^ Prager, John. "Introduction to Policy Debate, Chapter 1". Retrieved 12 March 2013. 
  2. ^ Prager, John. "Introduction to Policy Debate, Chapter 7". Retrieved 12 March 2013.