To beg the question

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to assume that which was to be proved in a discussion, instead of adducing the proof or sustaining the point by argument.
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- Cushing.

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This seems, at least, to beg the question of the sources of women's self-esteem.
The first thing to remember is that to beg the question is NOT the same as to invite the question.