Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. That part of an argument on which its conclusiveness depends; that which convinces or refutes an antagonist; a refutation.
  • n. A specious but fallacious argument; a sophism.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. That part of an argument on which its conclusiveness depends; that which convinces of refutes an antagonist; a refutation.
  • n. A specious but fallacious argument; a sophism.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In logic, an argumentation concluding the falsity of something maintained; a refutation; a confutation; also, a false refutation; a sophism. Also elenchus.

Etymologies

Latin elenchus, from Ancient Greek to convict, confute, prove: compare Old French elenche. (Wiktionary)

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