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  1. aporianoun

    An expression of deliberation with oneself regarding uncertainty or doubt as to how to proceed.

  2. aporianoun

    An insoluble contradiction in a text's meaning.

  3. aporianoun

    Any kind of logical impasse suggested by a text or speaker.

  4. Etymology: From ἀπορία, from ἄπορος aporos, impassable: ἀ- (without) + πόρος poros (passage)

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. APORIAnoun

    Is a figure in rhetorick, by which the speaker shews, that he doubts where to begin for the multitude of matter, or what to say in some strange and ambiguous thing; and doth, as it were, argue the case with himself. Thus Marcus Tullius Cicero says, Whether he took them from his fellows more impudently, gave them to a harlot more lasciviously, removed them from the Roman people more wickedly, or altered them more presumptuously, I cannot well declare. Smith’s Rhetorick.

    Etymology: ἀϖοϱία.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Aporianoun

    a figure in which the speaker professes to be at a loss what course to pursue, where to begin to end, what to say, etc

  2. Etymology: [L., doubt, Gr. , fr. without passage, at a loss; 'a priv. + passage.]


  1. Aporia

    Aporia or aporeia denotes in philosophy a philosophical puzzle or state of puzzlement and in rhetoric a rhetorically useful expression of doubt.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of aporia in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of aporia in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

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    a defeat in which the losing person or team fails to score
    • A. whitewash
    • B. contempt
    • C. wavering
    • D. encumbrance

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