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See also: Steelman
For the second definition, possibly coined as the inverse of straw man.
steelman (plural steelmen)
- To refute a stronger version of an argument than what was actually given; to repair flaws in an argument before refuting it.
- 2015 February 11, Daniel Armak, “Re: volunteers for feb 24.”, in LessWrong Tel Aviv, Usenet:
- It is possible that while preparing for the talk I will manage to convince myself that the problem is in fact resolved or dissolved. In that case I will treat you to my best steelmanning of the problem, and its resolution.