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 Dictionary entry overview: What does fallacy mean? 

FALLACY (noun)
  The noun FALLACY has 1 sense:

1. a misconception resulting from incorrect reasoning

  Familiarity information: FALLACY used as a noun is very rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

FALLACY (noun)

Sense 1fallacy [BACK TO TOP]


A misconception resulting from incorrect reasoning

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents


fallacy; false belief

Hypernyms ("fallacy" is a kind of...):

misconception (an incorrect conception)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "fallacy"):

pseudoscience (an activity resembling science but based on fallacious assumptions)

logical fallacy (a fallacy in logical argumentation)

pathetic fallacy (the fallacy of attributing human feelings to inanimate objects; 'the friendly sun' is an example of the pathetic fallacy)

sophism; sophistication; sophistry (a deliberately invalid argument displaying ingenuity in reasoning in the hope of deceiving someone)

paralogism (an unintentionally invalid argument)

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