aporia[ə pôr′ē ə]
- a difficulty, as in a philosophical or literary text, caused by an indeterminacy of meaning for which no resolution seems possible
- a condition of uncertainty or skeptical doubt resulting from this
Origin: Classical Latin doubt ; from Classical Greek perplexity ; from aporos, impassable ; from a-, not plush poros, passage: see pore
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- A figure of speech in which the speaker expresses or purports to be in doubt about a question.
- An insoluble contradiction or paradox in a text's meanings.
Origin: Greek, difficulty of passing, from aporos, impassable : a-, without; see a-1 + poros, passage; see per-2 in Indo-European roots.