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[uh-pawr-ee-uh, uh-pohr-] /əˈpɔr i ə, əˈpoʊr-/
noun, plural aporias, aporiae
[uh-pawr-ee-ee, uh-pohr-] /əˈpɔr iˌi, əˈpoʊr-/ (Show IPA)
Rhetoric. the expression of a simulated or real doubt, as about where to begin or what to do or say.
Logic, Philosophy. a difficulty encountered in establishing the theoretical truth of a proposition, created by the presence of evidence both for and against it.
Origin of aporia
1580-90; < Late Latin < Greek: state of being at a loss, equivalent to ápor(os) impassable (see a-6, pore2) + -ia -ia Unabridged
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(rhetoric) a doubt, real or professed, about what to do or say
(philosophy) puzzlement occasioned by the raising of philosophical objections without any proffered solutions, esp in the works of Socrates
Derived Forms
aporetic (ˌæpəˈrɛtɪk) adjective
Word Origin
C16: from Greek, literally: a state of being at a loss
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Word Origin and History for aporia

1580s, from Latin, from Greek aporia, noun of state from aporos (see aporetic).

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