question-begging

adjective

Definition of question-begging

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: that involves the fallacy of petitio principii : that involves an assumption of something whose truth may be questioned question-begging arguments question-begging epithets — compare beg the question at beg

question-begging

noun
\ "\
plural -s

Definition of question-begging (Entry 2 of 2)

: something that involves an assumption whose truth may be questioned most of us may think this question-beggingManchester Guardian Weekly

Love words?

You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

Comments on question-begging

What made you want to look up question-begging? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

something desired as essential

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

What's that Smell?! Quiz

  • wide eyed dog smelling rose
  • Someone who is hircine smells like a:
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!