paralogism

[puh-ral-uh-jiz-uh m]

noun Logic.

argument violating principles of valid reasoning.
a conclusion reached through such argument.

Origin of paralogism

1555–65; < Late Latin paralogismus < Greek paralogismós. See para-1, logo-, -ism
Related formspa·ral·o·gist, nounpa·ral·o·gis·tic, adjective
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Related Words for paralogism

trickery, casuistry, ambiguity, inconsistency, fallacy, paralogism

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British Dictionary definitions for paralogism

paralogism

noun

logic psychol an argument that is unintentionally invalidCompare sophism
any invalid argument or conclusion
Derived Formsparalogist, nounparalogistic, adjective

Word Origin for paralogism

C16: via Late Latin from Greek paralogismos, from paralogizesthai to argue fallaciously, from para- 1 + -logizesthai, ultimately from logos word
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