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beg the question

If a statement or situation begs the question, it causes you to ask a particular question: Spending the summer travelling around India is a great idea, but it does beg the question of how we can afford it. To discuss the company's future begs the question of whether it has a future. to talk about something as if it were true, even though it may not be
Translations of “beg the question”
in Chinese (Traditional) (說法或情況)使人想要提出問題…
in Chinese (Simplified) (说法或情况)使人想要提出问题…
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