ignoratio elenchi

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ignoratio elenchi

(ˌɪɡnəˈreɪʃɪəʊ ɪˈlɛŋkaɪ)
n
1. (Logic) a purported refutation of a proposition that does not in fact prove it false but merely establishes a related but strictly irrelevant proposition
2. (Logic) the fallacy of arguing in this way
[Latin: an ignorance of proof, translating Greek elenchou agnoia]

ig•no•ra•ti•o e•len•chi

(ˌɪg nəˈreɪ ʃiˌoʊ ɪˈlɛŋ kaɪ, -ki)
n.
a fallacy in logic of offering proof irrelevant to the proposition in question.
[1580–90; < Latin ignōrātiō elenchī literally, ignorance of the refutation]
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Noun1.ignoratio elenchi - the logical fallacy of supposing that an argument proving an irrelevant point has proved the point at issue
logical fallacy - a fallacy in logical argumentation
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Because I feared that some false conclusion might be drawn from it and that I might find myself involved in a scandal.
It had never been brought home to her until now, that if she left him contemptuously to go his own way, and sell himself to the first woman who had money enough to buy him, her conduct would sanction the false conclusion that she was powerless to interfere, because she was married already to another man.
It is a very amusing and egotistical occupation of no use whatever to any one and just as likely as not to lead to false conclusions.
In Oregon's moist west-side forests, there's not the consensus that forest restoration efforts are necessary - but this is a false conclusion.
Decades of misconduct by the vast majority of Egyptians has led to the false conclusion that misbehaviour is an irreversible Egyptian cultural trait.
That and the lower sales these cars now register have led some to the false conclusion that today's crop of medium-rangers aren't as talented as they used to be.
Failure to challenge false claims of sovereignty would undermine this order and lead China to the false conclusion that its claims are accepted as a fait accompli, he said.
After all, he said, the Ghost Army men used "the art and practice of manipulating your enemies' mental processes so that they come to a false conclusion about what you are up to.
Here we have either a panic-stricken prime minister instructing his son to hide the evidence of massive corruption - or a "shameless montage" that strings bits of innocent conversation together to lead people to a false conclusion that slanders the prime minister.
Here we have either a panic-stricken prime minister instructing his son to hide the evidence of massive corruption -- or a "shameless montage" that strings bits of innocent conversation together to lead people to a false conclusion that slanders the prime minister.
It tells us only that there is at least one instance (and possibly many) of that argument form, which has true premises and a false conclusion.