A method of proving the falsity of a premise by showing that its logical consequence is absurd or contradictory: the argument is a reductio ad absurdum of utilitarianism
More example sentences
- 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'.
Definition of reductio ad absurdum in:
- The US English dictionary