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  • n  (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

  • Or as New York art critic Adrian Dannatt puts it, "a reductio ad absurdum of Freud's equation of money and excreta.
  • That is the way great ideas end, not with a bang, not with a whimper, but through reductio ad absurdum.
  • His method of reductio ad imbecillum is to expound a subject in its simplest terms, putting caricaturist's emphasis on one or two superficial details.

  • Yaron Brook in NewsByUs
    These proposals are the reductio ad absurdum of nanny-state paternalism,said Dr. Yaron Brook, executive director of the Ayn Rand Institute. "According to these politicians, instead of having a government that protects our right to live our...
  • Annie Proulx in Charlotte Observer
    The arguments of protecting people against harm can evolve into reductio ad absurdum. Yes, a motorcyclist is more vulnerable in the event of an accident, because there is no cage around him or her, than is a person in a car. But I put to you that... Peter Kormos Georgina Advocate Dec 13, 2008 81584 109482 reductio I find this list of ten books project to be difficult, pointless, and wrong-headed," wrote Annie Proulx. "Lists, unless grocery shopping lists, are truly a reductio ad absurdum."

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