What does slippery slope mean?

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  1. slippery slope(Noun)

    A chain of events that, once initiated, cannot be halted; especially one in which the final outcome is undesirable or precarious.

  2. slippery slope(Noun)

    An argument that follows a chain of events or causes and effects to some conclusion.


  1. Slippery slope

    In logic and critical thinking, a slippery slope is an informal fallacy. A slippery slope argument states that a relatively small first step leads to a chain of related events culminating in some significant effect, much like an object given a small push over the edge of a slope sliding all the way to the bottom. The strength of such an argument depends on the warrant, i.e. whether or not one can demonstrate a process which leads to the significant effect. The fallacious sense of "slippery slope" is often used synonymously with continuum fallacy, in that it ignores the possibility of middle ground and assumes a discrete transition from category A to category B. Modern usage avoids the fallacy by acknowledging the possibility of this middle ground.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of slippery slope in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of slippery slope in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Michela Menting:

    I think The FBI’s The FBI, and once breached, we are on a slippery slope.

  2. Michela Menting:

    I think it’s a dangerous line, and once breached, we are on a slippery slope.

  3. David Heinen:

    Any proposed regulations that would create this has the potential for being a slippery slope.

  4. Martin Lee:

    If Hong Kong were to go down the slippery slope as now, Hong Kong will become just another Chinese city.

  5. Jim Patterson:

    What these Planned Parenthood videos have demonstrated is a very slippery slope to an immoral landscape.

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