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beg the question

Definition of beg the question

  1. 1 :  to cause someone to ask a specified question as a reaction or response <The tragic drowning begs the question: why are there no safe places in the area for children to swim?>

  2. 2 formal :  to ignore a question or issue by assuming it has been answered or settled <Their proposed solution begs the question of whether the changes in the town are actually a problem.>

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  to ask for as a charity

    :  to ask earnestly for :  entreat

    :  to require as necessary or appropriate

  1. : begin; beginning

  1. :  an interrogative expression often used to test knowledge

    :  an interrogative sentence or clause

    :  a subject or aspect in dispute or open for discussion :  issue

  1. :  to ask a question of or about

    :  to interrogate intensively :  cross-examine

    :  doubt, dispute

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of, relating to, or near a shore

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