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fallacy

noun

Definition: 1. a misconception or false belief; 2. an argument that does not work because of an error in logic or the error itself

Synonyms: misconception, error, flaw, mistake, inconsistency, falsity, sophistry

Antonyms: truth, verity

Tips: Fallacy is sometimes used in the expression "logical fallacy." This phrase refers to a situation in which an argument does not logically relate to the premise it is built upon. If there is a fallacy in an argument or idea, the argument and idea are invalid. Use fallacy to denote any misconception or misunderstood situation.

Usage Examples:

The adage that warns against swimming within twenty minutes of eating is a fallacy. (misconception, mistake)

The arguments the salesman made when trying to convince us to buy the worthless product were based entirely on fallacy. (falsity, sophistry)

The rumor that Mr. Jones is running for office is a fallacy; he has no such plans at this time. (misconception)

No, our company is not filing for bankruptcy; thatís a pure fallacy. (misconception, error)


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