noun apo·ria \ə-ˈpȯr-ē-ə\

Definition of aporia

  1. 1 :  an expression of real or pretended doubt or uncertainty especially for rhetorical effect

  2. 2 :  a logical impasse or contradiction; especially :  a radical contradiction in the import of a text or theory that is seen in deconstruction as inevitable

Origin and Etymology of aporia

French aporie, ultimately from Greek aporia difficulty, perplexity, from aporos impassable, from a- + poros passage — more at fare

First Known Use: circa 1550

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contemplative of or relative to the past

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