ignoratio elenchi

[ ig-nuh-rey-shee-oh i-leng-kahy, -kee ]
/ ˌɪg nəˈreɪ ʃiˌoʊ ɪˈlɛŋ kaɪ, -ki /
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noun Logic.
the fallacy of offering proof irrelevant to the proposition in question.
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Origin of ignoratio elenchi

1580–90; <Latin ignōrātiō elenchī literally, ignorance of the refutation; see elenchus

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ignoratio elenchi
/ (ˌɪɡnəˈreɪʃɪəʊ ɪˈlɛŋkaɪ) /

noun logic
a purported refutation of a proposition that does not in fact prove it false but merely establishes a related but strictly irrelevant proposition
the fallacy of arguing in this way

Word Origin for ignoratio elenchi

Latin: an ignorance of proof, translating Greek elenchou agnoia
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