HyperDic: reductio_ad_absurdum

English > 1 sense of the expression reductio ad absurdum:
NOUNcognitionreductio ad absurdum, reductio(reduction to the absurd) a disproof by showing that the consequences of the proposition are absurd
English > reductio ad absurdum: 1 sense > noun 1, cognition
Meaning(reduction to the absurd) a disproof by showing that the consequences of the proposition are absurd; or a proof of a proposition by showing that its negation leads to a contradiction.
Synonymreductio
Broaderdisproof, falsification, refutationAny evidence that helps to establish the falsity of something
Spanishreducción al absurdo, reductio ad absurdum, reductio
Catalanreducció a l'absurd, reductio ad absurdum, reductio

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