Apagogical
Apagogic Ap`a*gog"ic, Apagogical Ap`a*gog"ic*al, a. Proving indirectly, by showing the absurdity, or impossibility of the contrary. --Bp. Berkeley. [1913 Webster]

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  • apagogical — ap·a·gog·i·cal …   English syllables

  • apagogical — adjective see apagogic …   Useful english dictionary

  • Apagogic — Ap a*gog ic, Apagogical Ap a*gog ic*al, a. Proving indirectly, by showing the absurdity, or impossibility of the contrary. Bp. Berkeley. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Ostensive — Os*ten sive, a. Showing; exhibiting. [1913 Webster] {Ostensive demonstration} (Math.), a direct or positive demonstration, as opposed to the apagogical or indirect method. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Ostensive demonstration — Ostensive Os*ten sive, a. Showing; exhibiting. [1913 Webster] {Ostensive demonstration} (Math.), a direct or positive demonstration, as opposed to the apagogical or indirect method. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Reductio ad absurdum — (Latin for reduction to the absurd ), also known as an apagogical argument, reductio ad impossibile, or proof by contradiction, is a type of logical argument where one assumes a claim for the sake of argument and derives an absurd or ridiculous… …   Wikipedia

  • apagoge — /æpəˈgoʊdʒi/ (say apuh gohjee) noun the technique of indirectly proving something by showing that the alternative is false, impossible, or absurd. {Greek: a leading away} –apagogic /æpəˈgɒdʒɪk/ (say apuh gojik), apagogical, adjective… …   Australian English dictionary

  • apagogy — rare 0. (ˈæpəgəʊdʒɪ) [a. Fr. apagogie.] Used as another form of apagoge, though, having the abstract ending y, it ought strictly to be: The use or practice of apagogical reasoning. in Craig …   Useful english dictionary

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