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reductio ad absurdum

Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Disproof of a proposition by showing that it leads to absurd or untenable conclusions.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A reduction to an absurdity; the proof of a proposition by proving tho falsity of its contradictory opposite: an indirect demonstration.

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  • noun mathematics, logic The method of proving a statement by assuming the statement is false and, with that assumption, arriving at a blatant contradiction.

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  • noun (reduction to the absurd) a disproof by showing that the consequences of the proposition are absurd; or a proof of a proposition by showing that its negation leads to a contradiction

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Medieval Latin reductiō ad absurdum : Latin reductiō, a bringing back, reduction + Latin ad, to + Latin absurdum, absurdity, from neuter of absurdus, absurd.]

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