(In politics) a response formulated in anticipation of a criticism; a preemptive rebuttal.
- We are now in the political era of the prebuttal.
- You don't attempt something like this unless you have all your prebuttals ready, all your figures and all your answers.
- He and his people learned from that and perfected the array of spin techniques - rebuttal, prebuttal, the grid - we associate with the party.
1990s: blend of pre-and (re)buttal.
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