Single word request for a person who speaks by even considering a potential rebuttal

I came across this wonderful word recently but can’t recall it now.

Let’s say, I’m in a debate and I’m talking about a particular topic. I make a remark and seeing the prospect of a strong rebuttal, quickly go on to add supporting explanation.

I’m looking for a word (which is either an adjective or adverb) to describe this.

He spoke _____ly. (adverb)
He is a _____ speaker. (adjective)

To better demonstrate this, take this example. One speaker says:

Lack of education is the root cause of terrorism.

At this point, he knows his opponent might argue that even educated youths are attracted to extremism these days. The speaker then goes on to say:

When I say ‘education’, it’s not just about having a college degree, but also moral education—the wisdom to choose between what’s right and what’s wrong.


He spoke preemptively. The Free Dictionary defines preemptive as:

taken as a measure against something possible, anticipated, or feared;
preventive; deterrent: a preemptive strike against the enemy.

The example given by The Free Dictionary jibes exactly with the OP’s example, if enemy is replaced by opponent.

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