elenchus

[ ih-leng-kuhs ]
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noun,plural e·len·chi [ih-leng-kahy, -kee]. /ɪˈlɛŋ kaɪ, -ki/.
  1. a logical refutation; an argument that refutes another argument by proving the contrary of its conclusion.

Origin of elenchus

1
1655–65; <Latin <Greek élenchos refutation

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elenchus

/ (ɪˈlɛŋkəs) /


nounplural -chi (-kaɪ) logic
  1. refutation of an argument by proving the contrary of its conclusion, esp syllogistically

  2. Socratic elenchus the drawing out of the consequences of a position in order to show them to be contrary to some accepted position

Origin of elenchus

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C17: from Latin, from Greek elenkhos refutation, from elenkhein to put to shame, refute

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