One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A method of proving the falsity of a premise by showing that its logical consequence is absurd or contradictory.
- ‘Opposition to stem-cell research is the reductio ad absurdum of the right-to-life argument.’
- ‘The argument that says no individual has power leads to a reductio ad absurdum.’
- ‘For some reason, this strikes me as the reductio ad absurdum of the whole project.’
- ‘Indeed, this is going to be something of a reductio ad absurdum.’
- ‘It's an entertaining reductio ad absurdum against those who complain about the unfairness of low-cost production by foreigners.’
Latin, literally ‘reduction to the absurd’.
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