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non sequitur

(nahn sek [as in heck]-kwit-her) n. Latin for "it does not follow." The term usually means that a conclusion does not logically follow from the facts or law, stated: "That's a non sequitur."

non sequitur

noun anacoluthon, bad logic, circular reasoning, contradiction of terms, disconnectedness, fallacious argument, fallacious reasoning, fallacy, false reasoning, flaw in the argument, illogical conclusion, illogical deduction, illogical result, inconsequence, irrational conclusion, irrelevancy, loose thinking, lost connection, nonsensicality, nonsensicalness, paralogism, sophism, sophistry, specious argument, specious reasoning, unnounded conclusion, unwarranted conclusion, wrong reaaoning
See also: anacoluthon
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Perhaps we academics have nourished this popular embrace of rambling nonsequiturs by our own embrace of multisyllabic, gobbledygook and our fear of speaking plainly.
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To avoid such reactions, I adopted an aggressive, interrupting, anticipating courtroom style to cover up for nonsequiturs I make when I misunderstand what is being said.
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Most staff rooms of schools that I've taught in usually have had a list of the choice nonsequiturs or examples of the sheer mangling of half understood facts culled from exams.
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