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re·duc·ti·o ad ab·sur·dum

 (rĭ-dŭk′tē-ō ăd əb-sûr′dəm, -zûr′-, -shē-ō)
n. pl. re·duc·ti·o·nes ad absurdum (-ō′nēz, -nās)
Disproof of a proposition by showing that it leads to absurd or untenable conclusions.

[Medieval Latin reductiō ad absurdum : Latin reductiō, a bringing back, reduction + Latin ad, to + Latin absurdum, absurdity, from neuter of absurdus, absurd.]

reductio ad absurdum

(rɪˈdʌktɪəʊ æd æbˈsɜːdəm)
1. (Logic) a method of disproving a proposition by showing that its inevitable consequences would be absurd
2. (Logic) a method of indirectly proving a proposition by assuming its negation to be true and showing that this leads to an absurdity
3. application of a principle or proposed principle to an instance in which it is absurd
[Latin, literally: reduction to the absurd]

re•duc•ti•o ad ab•sur•dum

(rɪˈdʌk tiˌoʊ ˈæd æbˈsɜr dəm, -ˈzɜr-, -ʃiˌoʊ)
a reduction to an absurdity; the refutation of a proposition by demonstrating that its logical conclusion is absurd.
[1735–45; < Latin]

reductio ad absurdum

A Latin phrase meaning reduction to absurdity, used to mean carrying an argument to the point at which it becomes absurd.
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Noun1.reductio ad absurdum - (reduction to the absurd) a disproof by showing that the consequences of the proposition are absurd; or a proof of a proposition by showing that its negation leads to a contradiction
disproof, falsification, refutation - any evidence that helps to establish the falsity of something
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But as these arguments are largely a reductio ad absurdum of other theories, among which that which I am advocating is not included, I cannot regard them as establishing their contention.
One might have thought the idea of "same-sex marriage" was a joke, a reductio ad absurdum of the continuing campaign to obliterate the idea of the normal.
this would be the reductio ad absurdum of any social science knowledge, since no social understanding or explanation on Winch's (or Schutz's) account is possible other than by an inward familiarity with concepts used in a society by its members.
Even if the ACLU has a good case, you can rest assured that it will find a way to ride it ad absurdum.
18) Here Dickens provides a reductio ad absurdum of Hunt's own argument in |Pleasure', which comes close to implying that the function of hats and coats is to feed the imagination, and that of beavers to spice the pleasure of indolence with images of busy-ness.
In order to provide a reductio ad absurdum, as I was attempting to do with regard to Coase and Demsetz, one must, perforce, accept the premises of the model.
Some might find the sign a reductio ad absurdum of that sensibility, just as they might see Torada's 2003 exhibition (at the Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver) of the names of the donors whose cash made the show possible as a reductio ad absurdum of both the institution and its critique.
For example, in discussing Leibniz's PSR-based attack on Newtonian absolute space and time Pruss claims that 'the argument is not likely to be used for showing space and time to be relative' but is 'more likely to act as an attempt at a reductio ad absurdum of the PSR' (29).
Before you dismiss this agenda as the pie-in-the-sky wish list of wannabe social engineers, consider the trajectory of the Twinkle tax, which has gone from reductio ad absurdum to serious policy proposal in just a few years.
Such an unintentionally comic reductio ad absurdum is what rigid ideology does even to brilliant people.
Having spawned countless ballets, various films and at least two remarkable operas, Shakespeare's play here succumbs to the reductio ad absurdum of (mostly) throughsung Euroshlock that delivers its own sonorous epitaph right near the start: "If you think you've seen it all," we are told, "then you had better think again.
Lo hizo, quiza, como una especie de cuestionamiento ad absurdum de una civilizacion cuya ciencia sin conciencia y cuya muchedumbre solitaria condenan a la persona a ser nada mas que un individuo.