- Logic an argument which is invalid because its conclusion rests on a premise which itself depends on the conclusion
- any sequence of events characterized by two or more interrelated problems or ills inevitably reinforcing one another in an endless or ever-worsening cyclealso vicious cycle
vicious circlevicious circle
- A situation in which the apparent solution of one problem in a chain of circumstances creates a new problem and increases the difficulty of solving the original problem. Also called vicious cycle .
- A condition in which a disorder or disease gives rise to another that subsequently affects the first.
- Logic A fallacy in reasoning in which the premise is used to prove the conclusion, and the conclusion used to prove the premise.
Origin of vicious circleTranslation of New Latin circulus vitiōsus circular argument Medieval Latin circulus circular argument Latin vitiōsus flawed, faulty
(plural vicious circles)