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elenchus +‎ -ize


elenchize (third-person singular simple present elenchizes, present participle elenchizing, simple past and past participle elenchized)

  1. To dispute.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Ben Jonson to this entry?)
  2. To argue by elenchus, leading one's opponent to the desired conclusion by agreement with a series of logical steps.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for elenchize in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)