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(in politics) a response formulated in anticipation of a criticism; a preemptive rebuttal.
- ‘He and his people learned from that and perfected the array of spin techniques - rebuttal, prebuttal, the grid - we associate with the party.’
- ‘You don't attempt something like this unless you have all your prebuttals ready, all your figures and all your answers.’
- ‘Both sides in the American election have got their ‘war rooms’ - the rapid response and prebuttal media hubs - up and running.’
- ‘We are now in the political era of the prebuttal.’
1990s: blend of pre- and (re)buttal.
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