Rebuttal (policy debate)

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In policy debate, the rebuttal speeches are the last four speeches. Unlike the constructive speeches, rebuttal speeches are not followed by a cross-examination period.

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


  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.