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af·firm·ing the con·se·quent

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  1. affirming the consequentnoun

    A formal fallacy, committed by reasoning in the form:

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  1. Affirming the consequent

    Affirming the consequent, sometimes called converse error, fallacy of the converse, or confusion of necessity and sufficiency, is a formal fallacy of taking a true conditional statement (e.g., "If the lamp were broken, then the room would be dark"), and invalidly inferring its converse ("The room is dark, so the lamp is broken"), even though that statement may not be true. This arises when a consequent ("the room would be dark") has other possible antecedents (for example, "the lamp is in working order, but is switched off" or "there is no lamp in the room"). Converse errors are common in everyday thinking and communication and can result from, among other causes, communication issues, misconceptions about logic, and failure to consider other causes. The opposite statement, denying the consequent, is a valid form of argument (modus tollens).

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  1. Affirming the consequent

    Affirming the consequent, sometimes called converse error or fallacy of the converse, is a formal fallacy of inferring the converse from the original statement. The corresponding argument has the general form: ⁕If P, then Q. ⁕Q. ⁕Therefore, P. An argument of this form is invalid, i.e., the conclusion can be false even when statements 1 and 2 are true. Since P was never asserted as the only sufficient condition for Q, other factors could account for Q. To put it differently, if P implies Q, the only inference that can be made is non-Q implies non-P. Symbolically: ⇔ The name affirming the consequent derives from the premise Q, which affirms the "then" clause of the conditional premise.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of affirming the consequent in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of affirming the consequent in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

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