tautology

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tautology

noun battology, duplication, loquacity, pleonasm, profuseness, redundancy, repetition, surfeit, verbiage, verbosity
See also: redundancy
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Popper, however, fails to grasp why a circular explanation is defective.
So there would not usually be a problem of evidence for the explanans in any circular explanation.
The hypothesis, 'The sea is rough and was like by Homer', for example, provides a circular explanation of why the sea is not smooth.