- Rhetoric. the expression of a simulated or real doubt, as about where to begin or what to do or say.
- 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
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- rhetoric a doubt, real or professed, about what to do or say
- philosophy puzzlement occasioned by the raising of philosophical objections without any proffered solutions, esp in the works of Socrates
C16: from Greek, literally: a state of being at a loss
Word Origin and History for aporia
1580s, from Latin, from Greek aporia, noun of state from aporos (see aporetic).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper