elenctic

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Etymology[edit]

From Ancient Greek ἐλεγκτικός (elenktikós, refutative)

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elenctic (comparative more elenctic, superlative most elenctic)

  1. Serving to refute, refutative, especially as part of a systematic interrogation; pertaining to rhetorical elenchus or cross-examination.
    • 1941, Vladimir Nabokov, The Real Life of Sebastian Knight, Penguin 1971 edition, page 101:
      ‘What lady?’ he asked in the elenctic tones of Lewis Carroll's caterpillar.