reductio ad absurdum

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English[edit]

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Noun[edit]

reductio ad absurdum

  1. (mathematics, logic) The method of proving a statement by assuming the statement is false and, with that assumption, arriving at a blatant contradiction.

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Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Possibly a loose translation of the Ancient Greek εἰς τὸ ἀδύνατον ἀπόδειξις (hē eis tò adúnaton apódeixis, demonstration towards the impossible).

Noun[edit]

reductiō ad absurdum f sg (genitive reductiōnis ad absurdum); third declension

  1. reduction to the absurd

Declension[edit]

Third-declension noun with an indeclinable portion, singular only.

Case Singular
Nominative reductiō ad absurdum
Genitive reductiōnis ad absurdum
Dative reductiōnī ad absurdum
Accusative reductiōnem ad absurdum
Ablative reductiōne ad absurdum
Vocative reductiō ad absurdum