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paralogism

[ puh-ral-uh-jiz-uhm ]
/ pəˈræl əˌdʒɪz əm /
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noun Logic.
argument violating principles of valid reasoning.
a conclusion reached through such argument.
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Origin of paralogism

1555–65; <Late Latin paralogismus<Greek paralogismós.See para-1, logo-, -ism

OTHER WORDS FROM paralogism

pa·ral·o·gist, nounpa·ral·o·gis·tic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for paralogism

paralogism
/ (pəˈræləˌdʒɪzəm) /

noun
logic psychol an argument that is unintentionally invalidCompare sophism
any invalid argument or conclusion

Derived forms of paralogism

paralogist, 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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