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reductio ad absurdum


Extend her premise to its logical outcome and it becomes a reductio ad absurdum since...
  a type of logical argument in which one assumes a claim for the sake of argument, derives an absurd outcome, and therefore concludes that the original assumption must have been wrong
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reductio ad absurdum proof by contradiction
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  • Extend her premise to its logical outcome and it becomes a reductio ad absurdum since...
  • these arguments are largely a reductio ad absurdum of other theories
    Bertrand Russell  --  The Analysis of Mind
  • If such a thing were needed as a reductio ad absurdum of the enforcement of contract, such a folly would do that for us.
    William Morris  --  News from Nowhere
  • He went after it first, using the reductio ad absurdum.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

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  • [25] So long ago as 1867, Gould protested against this elision as barbarous and idiotic, and drew up the following /reductio ad absurdum/: At last annual meeting of Black Book Society, honorable John Smith took the chair, assisted by reverend John Brown and venerable John White.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • Reductio ad absurdum.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
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Associated words [difficulty]:   reductio ad absurdum [9] , algorithm [4] , a priori [7]
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