circular argument


circular argument
An argument which commits the logical fallacy of assuming what it is attempting to prove.

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  • circular — cir|cu|lar1 [ˈsə:kjulə US ˈsə:rkjulər] adj [Date: 1300 1400; : Old French; Origin: circuler, from Late Latin circularis, from Latin circulus; CIRCLE1] 1.) shaped like a circle ▪ a circular table 2.) moving around in a circle ▪ a circular bus… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • circular — 1 adjective 1 shaped like a circle: a circular table 2 moving around in a circle: a circular bus route 3 circular argument/discussion etc an argument in which you always return to the same statements or ideas that were expressed at the beginning… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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  • circular — I UK [ˈsɜː(r)kjʊlə(r)] / US [ˈsɜrkjələr] adjective * 1) a) in the shape of a circle a circular tray b) involving movement in a circle a circular tour of the main islands 2) a circular argument or theory does not mean anything because it consists… …   English dictionary

  • circular — cir|cu|lar1 [ sɜrkjələr ] adjective * 1. ) in the shape of a circle: a circular tray a ) involving movement in a circle: a circular tour of the main islands 2. ) a circular argument or theory does not mean anything because it consists of a series …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • circular — [ˈsɜːkjʊlə] adj I 1) in the shape of a circle, or moving in a circle 2) a circular argument or theory does not mean anything because it consists of a series of causes and effects that lead you back to the original cause II noun [C] circular… …   Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • Circular reasoning — is a formal logical fallacy in which the proposition to be proved is assumed implicitly or explicitly in one of the premises. For example: Only an untrustworthy person would run for office. The fact that politicians are untrustworthy is proof of… …   Wikipedia

  • circular — ► ADJECTIVE 1) having the form of a circle. 2) Logic (of an argument) false because already containing an assumption of what is to be proved. 3) (of a letter or advertisement) for distribution to a large number of people. ► NOUN ▪ a circular… …   English terms dictionary

  • circular — [sʉr′kyə lər] adj. [ME circulare < L circularis] 1. in the shape of a circle; round 2. relating to a circle 3. moving in a circle or spiral 4. roundabout; circuitous 5. designating or of an invalid argument in which the conclusion that is to… …   English World dictionary


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