proof by contradiction


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proof by contradiction

[¦prüf bī ‚kän·trə′dik·shən]
(mathematics)
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The misconceptions that seem to exist between proof by contradiction and proof by contraposition are clarified through the examination of their similarities and differences.
We now investigate the theoretical foundations of proof by contradiction.
To reiterate, the aim of a proof by contradiction is essentially to contradict one of our assumptions.
In a proof by contradiction, the aim is not always clear.
Proof by contradiction versus proof by contraposition