reductio ad absurdum

reductio ad absurdum
noun Etymology: Late Latin, literally, reduction to the absurd Date: 1741 1. disproof of a proposition by showing an absurdity to which it leads when carried to its logical conclusion 2. the carrying of something to an absurd extreme

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  • 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

  • reductio ad absurdum — index counterargument Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 reductio ad absurdum …   Law dictionary

  • reductio ad absurdum — (izg. redùkcio ȁd apsùrdum) DEFINICIJA log. dovođenje do besmisla; metoda dokazivanja kada se nastoji dokazati istinitost neke tvrdnje pokazujući neistinitost ili apsurdnost njezine suprotnosti …   Hrvatski jezični portal

  • reductio ad absurdum — [ri duk′tē ō΄ ad ab sʉr′dəm, ri duk′shē ō΄] n. [L, reduction to absurdity] Logic the proof of a proposition by showing its opposite to be an obvious falsity or self contradiction, or the disproof of a proposition by showing its consequences to be …   English World dictionary

  • Reductio ad absurdum —         (лат.) сведение к нелепости. Приём опровержения. Философский энциклопедический словарь. М.: Советская энциклопедия. Гл. редакция: Л. Ф. Ильичёв, П. Н. Федосеев, С. М. Ковалёв, В. Г. Панов. 1983 …   Философская энциклопедия

  • reductio ad absurdum — лат. (рэдукцио ад абсурдум) доведение до нелепости (как способ доказательства). Толковый словарь иностранных слов Л. П. Крысина. М: Русский язык, 1998 …   Словарь иностранных слов русского языка

  • reductio ad absurdum — 1741, Latin, lit. reduction to the absurd …   Etymology dictionary

  • reductio ad absurdum — is a method of proving the falsity of a premise by showing that the logical consequence is absurd. An example is that if eating less makes one healthier, the logical conclusion is to eat nothing …   Modern English usage

  • Reductio ad absurdum — Die Reductio ad absurdum (von lat. für Zurückführung auf das widrig Klingende, Ungereimte, Unpassende, Sinnlose) ist eine Schlussfigur und Beweistechnik in der Logik. Bei der Reductio ad absurdum wird eine Aussage widerlegt, indem gezeigt wird,… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Reductio ad absurdum — ARGVMENTA Argumento ad antiquitatem Argumento ad baculum Argumento ad consequentiam Argumento ad crumenam Argumento ad hominem Argumento ad ignorantiam Argumento ad logicam Argumento ad nauseam Argumento ad novitatem Argumento ad populum… …   Wikipedia Español

  • reductio ad absurdum — /ri duk tee oh ad ab serr deuhm, zerr , shee oh /, Logic. a reduction to an absurdity; the refutation of a proposition by demonstrating the inevitably absurd conclusion to which it would logically lead. [1735 45; < L reductio ad absurdum] * * * ▪ …   Universalium

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