An indirect debate which proves a thing by showing the impossibility or absurdity regarding the contrary
- An indirect argument which proves anything by showing the impossibility or absurdity of this contrary.
(Gr. apagoge) In Aristotle's logic (1) a syllogism whoever significant premiss is definite but whose minor premiss is only likely; abduction; (2) a way of indirect demonstration whereby the credibility of a conclusion is made by assuming its contradictory and showing that impossible or unacceptable effects follow; the reductio advertisement impossibile. -- G.R.M.
(letter.) An indirect debate which shows a thing by showing the impossibility or absurdity associated with contrary.