General Definition: A form of negative argument that concedes the present system should be changed, but argues that the negative team’s proposal (i.e. counterplan) is better than what the affirmative has offered. Counterplans typically consist of a counterplan text and net benefit scenario.
- Public Forum: Not a common argument in PF, where most judges won’t allow the negative team to counterplan.
- World Schools Debate: Not used in WSD.
- British Parliamentary: Not used in BP.
- Canadian National Debate Format: Not used in CNDF.