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paralogism

[puh-ral-uh-jiz-uh m]
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noun Logic.
  1. argument violating principles of valid reasoning.
  2. a conclusion reached through such argument.
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Origin of paralogism

1555–65; < Late Latin paralogismus < Greek paralogismós. See para-1, logo-, -ism
Related formspa·ral·o·gist, nounpa·ral·o·gis·tic, adjective
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paralogism

noun
  1. logic psychol an argument that is unintentionally invalidCompare sophism
  2. any invalid argument or conclusion
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Derived Formsparalogist, nounparalogistic, adjective

Word Origin

C16: via Late Latin from Greek paralogismos, from paralogizesthai to argue fallaciously, from para- 1 + -logizesthai, ultimately from logos word
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