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reductio ad absurdum

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noun re·duc·tio ad ab·sur·dum \ri-ˈdək-tē-ˌō-ˌad-əb-ˈsər-dəm, -ˈdək-sē-ō-, -shē-, -ˈzər-\

Definition of reductio ad absurdum

  1. 1 :  disproof of a proposition by showing an absurdity to which it leads when carried to its logical conclusion

  2. 2 :  the carrying of something to an absurd extreme



Origin of reductio ad absurdum

Late Latin, literally, reduction to the absurd


First Known Use: 1741


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