To concede is to accept or to admit that something is true or valid (rather than opposing it or fighting it). In an argument, we sometimes concede points to the counterargument, which indicates that we do accept some of what they have presented in an argument. To concede, or to make a concession, does not mean that you have “lost” an argument. After a concession, you can move on to disagreement with a counterarguer or counterargument perspective. You can also concede certain points but not others.
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