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    argumentum ad absurdum

    I want to know from the below letter, What is the meaning of "ad" between "argumentum" "and "absurdum"?


    It is apparent from your letter that our assertion that “Full responsibility and Care” should not be applicable to us in this case” was not well comprehended from your end. Our point was not to refute a condition agreed in the contract but to indicate its limitation in this specific case as it cannot be applied under the purview of argumentum ad absurdum. Let us explain it in details. A close observation of the photograph reveals that the punctures in the waterproofing membrane were not done inadvertently by your electrical contractor. The cable trays required support which was not provided in the terrace as the same was not considered in the design. So, we proceeded without it with waterproofing activities before the design was completed being ignorant of it. How can we be responsible for delaying an activity whose predecessor was not completed before we had started? So, logically the punctures made in the waterproofing membrane are a result of incomplete design and not delay from our end.

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    Re: argumentum ad absurdum

    I am not a teacher.

    Since you didn't ask about argumentum or absurdum I assume you know that these are Latin words. 'Ad' is the Latin accusative preposition meaning 'to'.

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    Re: argumentum ad absurdum

    It's a Latin preposition. The entire phrase "argumentum ad absurdum" is Latin and is incorporated into English as a whole. It's a logical fallacy.

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