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apodictic

[ap-uh-dik-tik]
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adjective
  1. incontestable because of having been demonstrated or proved to be demonstrable.
  2. Logic. (of a proposition) necessarily true or logically certain.
Also ap·o·deic·tic [ap-uh-dahyk-tik] /ˌæp əˈdaɪk tɪk/, ap·o·dic·ti·cal.

Origin of apodictic

1645–55; < Latin apodīcticus < Greek apodeiktikós proving fully. See apo-, deictic
Related formsap·o·dic·ti·cal·ly, ap·o·deic·ti·cal·ly, adverb
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Historical Examples

  • Apodictic propositions, he declares, are either dogmata or mathemata; and the former are beyond the competence of the human mind.

    A Commentary to Kant's 'Critique of Pure Reason'

    Norman Kemp Smith


Word Origin and History for apodictic

adj.

"clearly demonstrated," 1650s, from Latin apodicticus, from Greek apodeiktikos, from apodeiktos, verbal adjective of apodeiknynai "to show off, demonstrate," literally "to point away from" (other objects, at one), from apo "off, away" (see apo-) + deiknynai "to show" (see diction).

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