reductio ad absurdum

re·​duc·​tio ad ab·​sur·​dum | \ ri-ˈdək-tē-ˌō-ˌad-əb-ˈsər-dəm How to pronounce reductio ad absurdum (audio) , -ˈdək-sē-ō-, -shē-, -ˈzər-\

Definition of reductio ad absurdum

1 : disproof of a proposition by showing an absurdity to which it leads when carried to its logical conclusion
2 : the carrying of something to an absurd extreme

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Consider the logic of her reductio ad absurdum conclusion. Daniel Henninger, WSJ, "Gun Control After Las Vegas," 4 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of reductio ad absurdum

1741, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for reductio ad absurdum

Late Latin, literally, reduction to the absurd

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