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.
Latin, literally 'reduction to the absurd'.
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Syllabification: re·duc·ti·o ad ab·sur·dum
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