- 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 of aporiaL, doubt from Gr, perplexity from aporos, impassable from a-, a- (sense ) + poros, passage: see pore
- 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 of aporiaGreek aporiā difficulty of passing from aporos impassable a- without ; see a- 1. poros passage ; see per-2 in Indo-European roots.
From Latin aporia, from Ancient Greek ἀπορία (aporia), from ἄπορος (aporos, “impassable”), from ἀ- (a-, “a-”) + πόρος (poros, “passage”).