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vicious circle

1. Logic
a. a form of reasoning in which a conclusion is inferred from premises the truth of which cannot be established independently of that conclusion
b. an explanation given in terms that cannot be understood independently of that which was to be explained
c. a situation in which some statement is shown to entail its negation and vice versa, as this statement is false is true only if false and false only if true
2. Med a condition in which one disease or disorder causes another, which in turn aggravates the first condition
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Dilworth then takes the discussion to the current day applying the vicious circle principle to topics such as the use of minerals, fossil fuels, biotic consumption, land degradation, deforestation, the global economy, extinction of species, population checks, global military spending and war.
"We cannot enter into another vicious circle to be added to the previous hundreds of vicious circles that would end at a zero result and then get some more suggestions about a new process.
Likening the process to a "vicious circle", Gul said polarization should be avoided and a judicial reform should be done immediately.
A vicious circle that offers young people from deprived backgrounds little hope and which can persuade the gullible, misguided few that the way to success is to follow the road of lawlessness.
"This, under the current proposal, would be a contribution or 'tax' levied on the weak and could be the final straw, causing a vicious circle of insolvencies.
But Walker herself is the first to enter the vicious circle. In a chilling performance on opening night, the artist and a coperformer appeared inside the installation, playing, respectively, what could have been a gentlemanly storyteller who contextualized the scene in hokey, anachronistic language and an enraged runaway slave.
"It's a vicious circle," says Naylor, and one likely to result in the end of family farming as we know it.
Surely by using such criteria a vicious circle is created.
It shows these young homeless people that there is light at the end of the tunnel and a way out of the vicious circle of poverty they are trapped in.
They're excited because they see an opportunity to turn what's become a vicious circle into virtuous cycle-saving time, money and hassle.
It is a vicious circle that I compare to cancer....
According to IDC, the United States has been engulfed in a vicious circle that has caused the economy and technology spending to stumble.