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International Public Debate (IPDA)

The goal of the International Public Debate Association is to promote a highly rhetorical and oratorical style of public speaking. For this reason, it is recommended that judges be instructed to award the decision in a close round to the superior speaking style rather than to the negative. Debaters will, as much as possible, be left to their own devices. Affirmatives are allowed to define resolutions; however, Affirmative interpretations and definitions must leave Negatives fair ground for the debate. If an Affirmative's case is too lopsided and/or tautological this opens the door for the Negative to provide an alternate set of definitions. The judge is the final arbiter of definitional squabbles.