aporia /əˈpɔːrɪə, əˈpɒrɪə/


I. noun

1. an irresolvable internal contradiction or logical disjunction in a text, argument, or theory.

the celebrated aporia whereby a Cretan declares all Cretans to be liars.
2. [ mass noun]
[Rhetoric] the expression of doubt.
II. derivatives


– origin mid 16th cent.: via late Latin from Greek, from aporos ‘impassable’, from a- ‘without’ + poros ‘passage’.

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