reductio

noun re·duc·tio \ rə̇ˈdəkshēˌō , rēˈ- ; rāˈdu̇ktēˌō \

Definition of reductio

plural reductiones
: an act or process of reducing used as the first term in phrases relating to disproof of a proposition by arguing it to an obviously false conclusion
  • reductio ad impossible
— compare ad absurdum

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Origin and Etymology of reductio

Late Latin


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