Rebuttal (policy debate)
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). 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. Teams breaking from this precedent are often met by claims of abuse from opponents.
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