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fallacy of composition Syllabification: fal·la·cy of com·po·si·tion

Entry from US English dictionary

Definition of fallacy of composition in English:


The error of assuming that what is true of a member of a group is true for the group as a whole.
Example sentences
  • While distributional changes between regions can occur at a given level of economic activity, it is a fallacy of composition to assume that all regions can lift themselves without a buoyant aggregate climate.
  • Searle argues that this objection involves a fallacy of composition, confusing the properties of a system with those of its parts.
  • Neither liberals nor conservatives are any more prone to prejudice than other groups and to argue otherwise is, in my opinion, an example of committing the fallacy of composition.
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