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APODICTIC

Absolutely certain and conclusive. The term is used in philosophy to describe a method of reasoning from premises that are evident. Opposed to dialectical reasoning, which is argumentation with probability and consistency on open questions. (Etym. Greek apodeiktikos, from apodeiknynai, to demonstrate.)

All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

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