elenchus






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.

noun plural -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

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