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beg the question

Definitions

  1. to evade the issue
  2. to assume the thing under examination as proved
  3. to suggest that a question needs to be asked   ⇒ the firm's success begs the question: why aren't more companies doing the same?

beg the question

Definitions

  1. to avoid giving a direct answer by posing another question
  2. to assume the truth of that which is intended to be proved See petitio principii

Example Sentences Including 'beg the question'

All the rooms share the spectacular views and beg the question : How would you convince guests to leave?
Courier, Sunday Mail (2004)
But it does beg the question why the entire Test squad is not exempt from county cricket, only those with the prized central contracts.
Belfast Telegraph (2004)
But this does beg the question : Coldplayblokes, don't you care?
NME (New Musical Express) (2003)
Even regular Air Canada flights in recent months beg the question what frills, exactly, Milton & Co. are considering eliminating.
Ottawa Sun (2003)
Some definitions of mental illness beg the question of what constitutes normal behaviour.
Brown, Muriel & Payne Sarah Introduction to Social Administration in Britain

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