I. \\ˈ ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷ˌ ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷\ adjective
: that involves the fallacy of petitio principii : that involves an assumption of something whose truth may be questioned

question-begging arguments

question-begging epithets

— compare beg vt 3b
II. noun (-s)
: something that involves an assumption whose truth may be questioned

most of us may think this question-beggingManchester Guardian Weekly

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quesˈtion-begging noun and adjective
Begging the question (see ↑beg the question under ↑beg1)
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Main Entry:question

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