elench

Elench

E*lench"\ ([-e]*l[e^][ng]k"), n.; pl. Elenchs. [L. elenchus, Gr. ?, fr. ? to convict, confute, prove: cf. OF. elenche.] (Logic) (a) That part of an argument on which its conclusiveness depends; that which convinces of refutes an antagonist; a refutation. (b) A specious but fallacious argument; a sophism.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, © 1996, 1998 MICRA, Inc.
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