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Debate Vocabulary

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Advantages
The fourth observation of the traditional debate case that provides solvency to the affirmative case
Affirmative
The sie of the academic debate that defends, argues for, and promotes the resolution
Agency
The part of the policy debate affirmative plan that is the instrument used to administer the plan
Argument
Reasoning used in debate based on evidence or proof
Block
Process of preparing evidence in advance for a debate
Brink
The second part of a structured disadvantage argument which predicts when the impact of the diadvantage will occur
Burden of Proof
The reponsibility of the affirmative, burden of proof is the case given to convince the judge that change to the status quo should take place
Citation
The act or process of crediting anothers ideas
Classify
To arrange evidence in an order which will allow the debator to retrieve easily
Comparitave Advantage Case
Structured to compare advantages to their harms , the affirmative doesn't have to prove all harms; instead they need to prove a link to any one of their advantages
Constructive Speech
The first speech given by each debater (both teams) in a round, used to build a case.
Contentions
Statement used as a heading for an opinion in the debate
Counterplan
a better solution than the affirmative's offered by the negative team
Cross Examination
Three-Minute time allowed in the debate for one side to ask questions of the other side
Debate
a discussion in which reasons are advanced for and against some proposition or proposal
Definitions
The first observations of the traditional debate case that defines necessary terms of the resolution and other terms the affirmative deems necessary
Disadvantage
A strategy by the negative team showing unfavorable consequences of the affirmative plan
Drop
When a team fails to , or chooses to discard an argument from the debate round
Enforcement
The part of the policy debate affirmative plan that explains who will carry out the functioning of the proposed mandate
Fiat
The right of the affirmative to enact a plan without worrying about the possibility of it not being enacted because of todays political environment
Flowsheet
The system of note-taking used by debators and judges to make sure all arguments "flow" together
Funding
The part of the debate affirmative plan that is the means of paying for the plan
Harms
The second observation of a traditional debate case that shows the problem existent in the status quo
Impact
The final part of a structured disadvantaged argument which shows the harm or disadvantage of the proposed affirmative plan
Inherency
argues that the current status quo is not solving the resolution and cannot , without fundamental changes
Link
The first part of the structurd disadvantage argument which links the disadvantages to the specific area of the affirmative case
Mandates
The part of the policy debate affirmative plan that is the actual policy to be adopted
Negative
The side of the academic debate that attacks and argues against the affirmative side of the resolution
Non-topical
Any argument or policy case which fails to remain within the boundaries of the resolution
Observations
Contentions given in the affirmative constructive case
On-Case arguments
arguments to respond to the case
Plan
The third observation of the traditional debate case that provides the stradegy for solving the harms
Policy
The type of debate that encompasses a proposition of worth
Presumption
Advantage of the negative , assumes the status quo should be kept unless the burden of proof shows reason for change
Prima Facie
An affirmative that has covered the stock issues and is one a judge believes to have resolved the resolution
Reasoning
the process of drawing a conclusion on the basis of evidence
Rebuttal Speech
Speech that rebuilds arguments that have been attacked, refutes opposition arguments, and summarizes the debate. They are given at the end of a debate
Resolution
formal subject in dispute
Significance
the claim that the problems with the status quo are worhty for the change called by the resolution
Solvency
claim that the problems will go away if affirmative plan is adopted
Status Quo
The term used to represent the present state of the affairs, the way things are now
Structual Barrier
An inherent problem in the policies of the status quo presents harms from occuring
Stock Issues
The issues the affirmative needs to prove to make and maintain a prima face case
Tag
The use of a word or phrase at the top of the peice of the evidenve to serve as a quick refrence
Topicality
the attribute of being of interest at the present time
Traditional Case
most commonly used policy debate case format
Turn
The attempt off one team to use the srgument of their opponent to their advantage
Voting Issues
key points in a debate that are crucial to the outcome, reasons why the judge should give the decision to a team.