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What is a downgrade?

 

Definition
 

A downgrade is a move that weakens or mitigates a previous utterance in order to make it more acceptable.

Examples (English)
 
  • Adding an offer of assistance to a request in order to make it more acceptable
  • Suggesting ways a request could be easily accomplished in order to make it more acceptable
Generic
  A downgrade is a kind of
 
Source
 

Moerman 1988 164–165, 177


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