REDUCTIO AD ABSURDUM

A type of legitimate, rational argument, by which a principle is disproven by demonstrating that it results in a contradiction, consequently making it absurd, or proven by demonstrating that its own negation results in a contradiction, and is thereby rendered absurd. Generally speaking, a compelling approach by which a conflicting position is offered in its worst or most extreme form, so that it may be discredited. Latin, literally translates to

REDUCTIO AD ABSURDUM: "The debate team decided to practice reductio ad absurdum to refute the opposing team's argument."
Cite this page: N., Pam M.S., "REDUCTIO AD ABSURDUM," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 28, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/reductio-ad-absurdum/ (accessed July 12, 2020).
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