vicious circle principle


Definition of vicious circle principle

: a principle in logic: whatever is defined in terms of all of a collection or of a totality cannot be a member thereof — compare russell's paradox

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!

Learn More about vicious circle principle

Statistics for vicious circle principle

Cite this Entry

“Vicious circle principle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2020.

Comments on vicious circle principle

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


Test Your Vocabulary

Musical Words Quiz

  • gramophone
  • Which word describes a musical performance marked by the absence of instrumental accompaniment?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Add Diction

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

Love words? Need even more definitions?

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