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Latin elenchus, from Ancient Greek to convict, confute, prove: compare Old French elenche.


elench (plural elenchs)

  1. (logic) That part of an argument on which its conclusiveness depends; that which convinces or refutes an antagonist; a refutation.
  2. A specious argument; a sophism.

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