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[ih-leng-kuh s] /ɪˈlɛŋ kəs/
noun, plural elenchi
[ih-leng-kahy, -kee] /ɪˈlɛŋ kaɪ, -ki/ (Show IPA)
a logical refutation; an argument that refutes another argument by proving the contrary of its conclusion.
Origin of elenchus
1655-65; < Latin < Greek élenchos refutation Unabridged
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noun (logic) (pl) -chi (-kaɪ)
refutation of an argument by proving the contrary of its conclusion, esp syllogistically
Socratic elenchus, the drawing out of the consequences of a position in order to show them to be contrary to some accepted position
Word Origin
C17: from Latin, from Greek elenkhos refutation, from elenkhein to put to shame, refute
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