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Post hoc, ergo propter hoc


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  • Definition:

    the logical mistake that one thing caused another just because it happened first


    "Jen blamed the onset of her headache on the arrival of her in-laws, but that might just have been post hoc, ergo propter hoc."

    About the Word:

    This Latin phrase literally means "after this, therefore because of it." This error in logic is sometimes summed up as "correlation doesn't equal causation."

    September 26, 2012