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argumentum ad populum


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A fallacious argument that concludes a proposition to be true because many or all people believe it; it alleges that “if many believe so, it is so”.


Latin: argūmentum ("argument”, “proof") + ad ("to”, “toward") + populum (accusative singular of populus, “people”, “nation”) ≈ “appeal to the people” (Wiktionary)


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