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admit defeat

To yield to the opposition or accept that one is wrong in some pursuit. Well, I ran a good campaign, but it is time I admitted defeat in this election.
See also: admit, defeat

snatch defeat from the jaws of victory

To fail, lose, or be defeated despite the appearance that one would be victorious, especially due to a mistake, error, or poor judgment. (An ironic reversal of the more common "snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.") We were ahead by nearly 20 points with less than half the quarter remaining—how on earth did we manage to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory like that? The candidate has led in the polls right up to election day, but with that unfortunate remark last night, he may well have snatched defeat from the jaws of victory.
See also: defeat, jaw, of, snatch, victory

go down in defeat

 and go down to defeat
Fig. to submit to defeat; to be defeated. The team went down in defeat again. She fears going down in defeat.
See also: defeat, down

snatch victory from the jaws of defeat

Cliché to win at the last moment. At the last moment, the team snatched victory from the jaws of defeat with a last-second full-court basket.
See also: defeat, jaw, of, snatch, victory
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I have been arguing that awareness of peer disagreement is a defeater for a moral belief and that to overcome this defeater requires at least a further belief that serves as a reason for the moral belief in question.
In order to build an argument with no defeaters that supports t, [a.
9) So, on the hypothesis that Ethical Non-Naturalism is true, there is a defeater for our ethical intuitions.
The basic idea is that new defeaters are added to a given atomic dialectical tree, building a a sequence of dialectical formulas [[T.
The root of the tree will correspond to the argument A and every inner node will represent a defeater (proper or blocking) of its father.
This reconstruction is found in Part II of the book, where Echenique tackles the defeaters of ethical ascription.
Defense methods for suspected laser listening devices include detectors and electronic defeaters that foil the listening device.
In defeasible logic, there are three distinct types of rules: strict rules, defeasible rules and defeaters.
Specific topics include truth and weak knowledge in Goldman's veritistic social epistemology, reliabilism and the problem of defeaters, why the conditional probability solution to the swamping problem fails, the voter's epistemic trust in democracy, and a criticism of his simulation theory and an outline of the person model theory.
Perhaps the most significant feature of religious reason, and perhaps the feature from which all the other differences between religious reason and secular reason derive, is the oft-touted claim by believers that religious reasons carry an infallible supreme authority that guarantees the truth of such claims against all potential epistemic defeaters.
He surveys alternative accounts of warrant and justification, potential defeaters from critical historians, religious pluralists, and proponents of the logical and evidential problems of evil, to show his approach undefeated by objections.
In this discussion, I will idealize away from epistemic accuracy in tending to speak of knowledge, bracketing admittedly important questions about the relevant justifiers and defeaters.
This reality leads Abraham in chapter nine to a more formal discussion of the possibility of epistemic defeaters and objections to his proposal.
The warrant procedure involves looking for counterarguments that could be defeaters for A.