begging the question

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Noun[edit]

begging the question (uncountable)

  1. A logical fallacy in which a premise of an argument contains a direct or indirect assumption that the conclusion is true; offering a circular argument; circular reasoning.
    It is an instance of begging the question to argue that God can only do good deeds because God is good.

Verb[edit]

begging the question

  1. (informal) Present participle of beg the question.

Usage notes[edit]

In common usage begging the question is synonymous with circular argument; in formal usage, these are distinct.

In common usage begging the question is synonymous with "raising the question"; in all usages, these are distinct.

"Andrew Parker, the new director general of MI5, should be slower to employ this foolish, self-serving rhetoric, which naively begs a perfectly legitimate question: how should we ensure that those privileged to be granted special powers to intrude into everything that is private, serve a real public interest, rather than the dangerously false god of securitisation for its own sake?"

Quoted from The Guardian of October 15, 2013.

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