A logical fallacy
in which the definition
of a term
is more difficult to understand
than the term itself. It could be overly complex
, or just extremely vague
. Thinking of definitions that fit the former
is a fun game
, but has no place in logical argument
Example: "A thermometer is a device that measures the average kinetic energy of the ambient medium, usually indicating the reading by means of the height of liquid in a narrow vitreous tube."
Example: "A thermometer is this thing that measures stuff."
To prove the fallacy, identify the term and conditions and show that the conditions of definition are no more clear than the term being defined.