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aporia

[uh-pawr-ee-uh, uh-pohr-]
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noun, plural a·po·ri·as, a·po·ri·ae [uh-pawr-ee-ee, uh-pohr-] /əˈpɔr iˌi, əˈpoʊr-/.
  1. Rhetoric. the expression of a simulated or real doubt, as about where to begin or what to do or say.
  2. Logic, Philosophy. a difficulty encountered in establishing the theoretical truth of a proposition, created by the presence of evidence both for and against it.
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Origin of aporia

1580–90; < Late Latin < Greek: state of being at a loss, equivalent to ápor(os) impassable (see a-6, pore2) + -ia -ia
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aporia

noun
  1. rhetoric a doubt, real or professed, about what to do or say
  2. philosophy puzzlement occasioned by the raising of philosophical objections without any proffered solutions, esp in the works of Socrates
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Derived Formsaporetic (ˌæpəˈrɛtɪk), adjective

Word Origin

C16: from Greek, literally: a state of being at a loss
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Word Origin and History for aporia

n.

1580s, from Latin, from Greek aporia, noun of state from aporos (see aporetic).

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