devil's advocate

  

Definition

Person who identifies and challenges the flaws in an assessment, plan, or strategy.

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  • Someone at a meeting may play the role of devil's advocate to try and find out what your plan is if things go wrong.

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  • You may need to play the role of devil's advocate in a meeting to make sure everyone has thought through all the options.

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  • I liked to take the opposite opinion when me and my friend argued because we really enjoyed playing devil's advocate with each other.

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