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OK, so my sister's Amazoness Paladin has attacked my face down Apprentice Magician, destroying it. However, my magician has an ability that allows me to summon a lower level monster from my deck when it is destroyed by battle. I say that the effect can go through, whereas my sister argues that I cannot activate the ability because it is not a Flip effect. Who is correct?

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I assume what she means is that it cannot be activated because Apprentice Magician was not face-up when the attack was declared? As it's not possible to destroy a monster by battle while it's still face-down.

Fortunately for Apprentice Magician and his ilk, a monster does not have to be face-up when an attack is declared in order to be considered destroyed by battle, it just has to attack (or be attacked by) an attack position monster and have lower ATK/DEF (whichever is relevant) than the other monster involved's ATK.
(Otherwise Apprentice Magician would be pretty bad, since not many people attack face-up monsters with his effect...)

In the situation you describe, Apprentice Magician will be able to activate.

If you want to delve a little further into this, FLIP effects and "destroyed by battle" effects actually activate at different points during an attack's resolution - so they can't interfere with each other. You can find more information here (These are usually considered advanced rules, which aren't always included in the basic rulebook):
http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Destroyed_by_battle
http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Damage_Step

Hope that helps.

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