noun (plural fallacies)
- 1A mistaken belief, especially one based on unsound argument: the notion that the camera never lies is a fallacyMore example sentences
- What binds all these things together is a recurring human mistake: the fallacy of total belief in the present and its technology.
- I can't summon the necessary faith to believe in magic if I suspect it's inconsistent nonsense, or a mess of superstitions based on fallacies.
- It is based on myths and fallacies which provide legitimacy for gross social inequalities.
- 1.1 Logic A failure in reasoning that renders an argument invalid.More example sentences
- Finally, yet another theory of fallacy says a fallacy is a failure to provide adequate proof for a belief, the failure being disguised to make the proof look adequate.
- So the knowledge argument is invalid because it involves a fallacy of equivocation: ‘know’ means something different in the two premises.
- Dretske has denied that knowledge is closed under implication; further, he has diagnosed closure as the fallacy that drives arguments for scepticism.
- 1.2Faulty reasoning; misleading or unsound argument: the potential for fallacy which lies behind the notion of self-esteemMore example sentences
- I was under the impression that this was a forum where political issues could be discussed rationally: if you want me to be pedantic and point out every logical fallacy in every reply I've received then I'll do that.
- Predictably, the appeal to personal experience is another well-known logical fallacy.
- The little logical fallacy that bugged me the most was the scene where the earthquake followed the Amtrak train.
late 15th century (in the sense 'deception, guile'; gradually superseding Middle English fallace): from Latin fallacia, from fallax, fallac- 'deceiving', from fallere 'deceive'.