[ uh-pawr-ee-uh, uh-pohr- ]

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.

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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British Dictionary definitions for aporia


/ (əˈpɔːrɪə) /

  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

Origin of aporia

C16: from Greek, literally: a state of being at a loss

Derived forms of aporia

  • aporetic (ˌæpəˈrɛtɪk), adjective

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