reductio ad absurdum

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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.]
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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]
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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]
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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.
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The difficulty with a reductio ad absurdum comes when people no longer find it absurdum.
Just with a pinch of reductio ad absurdum, we see how falsely the whole binary narrative has been constructed.
The fact that people are being prosecuted for using cannabis, while alcohol remains a staple commodity, is surely the reductio ad absurdum of any notion that our drug laws are designed to keep people from harming themselves or others.
"For Peterson to feign ignorance of the fake will being found in the very safe she stood in front of a couple of days before when no will was found in it, and then claim to no knowledge of the scheme, is reductio ad absurdum," Taylor wrote.
The reductio ad absurdum of this treatment-just-for-you approach is our current societywide lust for precision medicine.
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Riccioli, like Tycho Brahe before him, argued therefore that if Copernicus was right, then the observed stars' diameters must exceed the diameter of Earth's solar orbit--and in some cases those of Jupiter and Saturn--an observational and mathematical inference that entails a reductio ad absurdum. Ironically, as Graney points out, a number of pious Copernicans simply countered that God is so powerful he could make stars just as big as he wanted to.