[ uh-pawr-ee-uh, uh-pohr- ]
/ əˈpɔr i ə, əˈpoʊr- /
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noun, plural a·po·ri·as, a·po·ri·ae [uh-pawr-ee-ee, uh-pohr-]. /əˈpɔr iˌi, əˈpoʊr-/.
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.
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Often Socratic conversation induces utter confusion—the ancient Greek word is aporia—and ends with no clear solution to a problem.The Ivy League Provides the Best Trade Schools Around|Nick Romeo|August 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
British Dictionary definitions for aporia
/ (əˈpɔːrɪə) /
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
Derived forms of aporiaaporetic (ˌæpəˈrɛtɪk), adjective
Word Origin for aporia
C16: from Greek, literally: a state of being at a loss
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