circular argument

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circular argument (plural circular arguments)

  1. (informal) A term often conflated with begging the question in philosophy.
  2. (philosophy, logic) An argument which commits the logical fallacy of assuming what it is attempting to prove.

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

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