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ontological argument

Syllabification: on·to·log·i·cal ar·gu·ment
Pronunciation: /ˌän(t)əˌläjəkəl ˈärɡyəmənt
 
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Definition of ontological argument in English:

noun

Philosophy
The argument that God, being defined as most great or perfect, must exist, since a God who exists is greater than a God who does not. Compare with argument from design, cosmological argument, and teleological argument.
Example sentences
  • So, in the end, all three arguments reduce to the ontological argument, which tells us that God must exist, since existence belongs to the very concept of God.
  • However, the contention that the cosmological argument depends on the ontological argument is based on a confusion.
  • The most important of those proofs were the ontological argument, the cosmological argument, and the teleological argument.

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