[ uh-pawr-ee-uh, uh-pohr- ]
/ əˈpɔr i ə, əˈpoʊr- /
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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Words nearby aporia
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Example sentences from the Web for aporiae
And these aporiae hardly touch knots—only very small spots—in a reed of admirable strength and beauty.A History of the French Novel, Vol. 2|George Saintsbury
British Dictionary definitions for aporiae
/ (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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