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post hoc, ergo propter hoc

Definition of post hoc, ergo propter hoc in English:

After this, therefore resulting from it: used to indicate that a causal relationship has erroneously been assumed from a merely sequential one.
Example sentences
  • The fallacy of Post Hoc Ergo Propter Hoc occurs when something is assumed to be the cause of an event merely because it happened before that event.
  • The relevant fallacy is post hoc ergo propter hoc.
  • When I say that post hoc ergo propter hoc is my favorite fallacy, I mean two things: first, I am a nerd, and second, I love that this simple phrase diagnoses so many logical and scientific missteps.
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