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English definition of “beg the question”

beg the question

If a statement or situation begs the question, it causes you to ask a particular question: Spending the summer travelling round India is a great idea, but it does rather beg the question of how we can afford it. To discuss the company's future begs the question whether it has a future. to talk about something as if it were true, even though it may not be
(Definition of beg the question from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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