paralogism

paralogism

[puh-ral-uh-jiz-uhm]
noun Logic.
1.
argument violating principles of valid reasoning.
2.
a conclusion reached through such argument.

Origin:
1555–65; < Late Latin paralogismus < Greek paralogismós. See para-1, logo-, -ism

paralogist, noun
paralogistic, adjective
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paralogism (pəˈræləˌdʒɪzəm)
 
n
1.  logic, psychol Compare sophism an argument that is unintentionally invalid
2.  any invalid argument or conclusion
 
[C16: via Late Latin from Greek paralogismos, from paralogizesthai to argue fallaciously, from para-1 + -logizesthai, ultimately from logos word]
 
pa'ralogist
 
n
 
paralo'gistic
 
adj

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