Definitions for overviewˈoʊ vərˌvyu
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
a general outline of a subject or situation; survey or summary.
Origin of overview:
a general summary of a subject
"the treasurer gave a brief overview of the financial consequences"
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
a general description without details; = outline
She gave the class an overview of the course structure.
A brief summary, as of a book or a presentation.
To engage in an overview; to provide a brief summary.
Origin: over + view
An overview in policy debate is part of a speech which is flagged as not responding to the line-by-line arguments on the flow. An overview may be "global" if presented at the beginning of a speech or "local" if presented at the beginning of a position. Overviews typically list the order a debater's speech will be given in. For instance, On-Case, Co-op Disadvantage, Spending Disadvantage, Weapon Disadvantage would be an expected overview. Debaters will usually inform the judge where they will be giving an overview before they start a speech because it can make it harder to flow the speech. A small minority of judges dislike this practice and will start speech time when a debater starts giving this order. Many judges dislike overviews because, since many are scripted before the round begins, they tend to be non-responsive or repetitive and are often long. However, most judges and coaches support the practice for arguments which cannot be placed anywhere on the line-by-line or that need to be flagged for their importance.
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