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Rhetoric. the expression of a simulated or real doubt, as about where to begin or what to do or say.
Logic, Philosophy. a difficulty encountered in establishing the theoretical truth of a proposition, created by the presence of evidence both for and against it.
Historical Examples

And these aporiae hardly touch knots—only very small spots—in a reed of admirable strength and beauty.
A History of the French Novel, Vol. 2 George Saintsbury

(rhetoric) a doubt, real or professed, about what to do or say
(philosophy) puzzlement occasioned by the raising of philosophical objections without any proffered solutions, esp in the works of Socrates

1580s, from Latin, from Greek aporia, noun of state from aporos (see aporetic).


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