from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A situation in which the apparent solution of one problem in a chain of circumstances creates a new problem and increases the difficulty of solving the original problem. Also called vicious cycle.
- n. A condition in which a disorder or disease gives rise to another that subsequently affects the first.
- n. Logic A fallacy in reasoning in which the premise is used to prove the conclusion, and the conclusion used to prove the premise.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A situation in which the solution to one problem creates a chain of problems, each making it more difficult to solve the original one.
- n. A fallacy in which the premise is used to prove a conclusion which is then used to prove the premise.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. See circle.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. one trouble leads to another that aggravates the first
- n. an argument that assumes that which is to be proved
Translation of New Latin circulus vitiōsus, circular argument : Medieval Latin circulus, circular argument + Latin vitiōsus, flawed, faulty.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)