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ignoratio elenchi

[ig-nuh-rey-shee-oh i-leng-kahy, -kee] /ˌɪg nəˈreɪ ʃiˌoʊ ɪˈlɛŋ kaɪ, -ki/
noun, Logic.
1.
the fallacy of offering proof irrelevant to the proposition in question.
Origin
1580-1590
1580-90; < Latin ignōrātiō elenchī literally, ignorance of the refutation; see elenchus
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British Dictionary definitions for ignoratio elenchi

ignoratio elenchi

/ˌɪɡnəˈreɪʃɪəʊ ɪˈlɛŋkaɪ/
noun (logic)
1.
a purported refutation of a proposition that does not in fact prove it false but merely establishes a related but strictly irrelevant proposition
2.
the fallacy of arguing in this way
Word Origin
Latin: an ignorance of proof, translating Greek elenchou agnoia
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