Elenchus definitions

ēleŋkəs
A logical refutation, esp. one that disproves a proposition by proving the direct contrary of its conclusion.
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(rhetoric) A technique of argument associated with Socrates wherein the arguer asks the interlocutor to agree with a series of premises and conclusions, ending with the arguer's intended point.
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Origin of elenchus

From Ancient Greek ἔλεγχος (elenkhos, “refutation, scrutiny”).