fallacy of composition

Definition of fallacy of composition

: the fallacy of arguing from premises in which a term is used distributively to a conclusion in which it is used collectively or of assuming that what is true of each member of a class or part of a whole will be true of all together (as in if my money bought more goods I should be better off; therefore we should all benefit if prices were lower)

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“Fallacy of composition.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fallacy%20of%20composition. Accessed 16 Jan. 2022.

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