any discussion in which one argues the conclusion as a premise; a discussion that makes a conclusion based on material that has already been assumed in the argument
This circular argument proves nothing but the small progress hitherto made in the science of national biology.
The circular argument may or may not have satisfied Mrs. Bowes.
So, in the last result, both sets of questions are settled by a human tribunal employing a circular argument.
But that is a circular argument, for the question to be decided is: What does the Scripture mean?