ontological argument


Definition of ontological argument

: an argument for the existence of God based upon the meaning of the term God

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Recent Examples on the Web April 27, 2020 There will surely be many disagreements about which titles are and are not included, some of which may lead us into tortured ontological arguments about what constitutes a summer movie in the first place. Los Angeles Times, 28 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of ontological argument

1877, in the meaning defined above

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“Ontological argument.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ontological%20argument. Accessed 24 Jan. 2022.

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