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fallacy fallacy definition

Overview

Define the English word fallacy fallacy below. Fallacy fallacy is a noun. Also define these 8 related words and terms: logic, formal fallacy, infer, argument, contain, fallacy, conclusion, and false.

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Etymology

From the fact that assuming a conclusion is false because of a fallacy in the reasoning is itself a fallacy.

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Example

All cats are animals. Ginger is an animal. Therefore, Ginger is a cat.

Stating that the conclusion in this statement is false would be an example of the fallacy fallacy. Even though the reasoning in the statement is fallacious, Ginger may still be a cat (that is, the conclusion may still be true).

fallacy fallacy (plural fallacy fallacies)

  1. (logic) The formal fallacy of inferring that if an argument contains a fallacy, its conclusion must be false.
    Synonyms: argument from fallacy, argument to logic, argumentum ad logicam, bad reasons fallacy, fallacist's fallacy
    • Formal Fallacy definition
      A pattern of reasoning which is always wrong, due to a flaw in the structure of the argument.

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