elenchus

elenchus

[ih-leng-kuhs]
noun, plural elenchi [ih-leng-kahy, -kee] .
a logical refutation; an argument that refutes another argument by proving the contrary of its conclusion.

Origin:
1655–65; < Latin < Greek élenchos refutation

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elenchus (ɪˈlɛŋkəs)
 
n , pl -chi
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
 
[C17: from Latin, from Greek elenkhos refutation, from elenkhein to put to shame, refute]

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