ignoratio elenchi

[ig-nuh-rey-shee-oh i-leng-kahy, -kee]
noun Logic.
the fallacy of offering proof irrelevant to the proposition in question.

1580–90; < Latin ignōrātiō elenchī literally, ignorance of the refutation; see elenchus

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ignoratio elenchi (ˌɪɡnəˈreɪʃɪəʊ ɪˈlɛŋkaɪ)
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
[Latin: an ignorance of proof, translating Greek elenchou agnoia]

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