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 "raising the question"; this usage is often proscribed.

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