circle, virtuous
A virtuous circle is a circular definition or argument whose circularity does not matter for the purpose at hand. For example, in the definition ‘ x is boring if and only if x seems boring to most people in standard conditions’, the term ‘boring’ reappears, but the definition may have some limited use for all that, depending upon the purposes for which the equation is needed. See also circle, vicious.

Philosophy dictionary. . 2011.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • circle — [[t]sɜ͟ː(r)k(ə)l[/t]] ♦♦ circles, circling, circled 1) N COUNT A circle is a shape consisting of a curved line completely surrounding an area. Every part of the line is the same distance from the centre of the area. The flag was red, with a large …   English dictionary

  • virtuous circle — noun A process by which something good or beneficial is enhanced by its own consequences, opp to vicious circle • • • Main Entry: ↑virtue * * * virtuous circle UK US noun [singular] a process in which a good action or event produces a good result …   Useful english dictionary

  • virtuous circle — or ,virtuous cycle noun singular MAINLY BRITISH a process in which a good action or event produces a good result that also causes the process to continue so that more good results happen ─ opposite VICIOUS CIRCLE …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • Virtuous pagan — Virtuous paganism is a concept of Christian theology analogous to the Righteous Among the Nations in Judaism. It addressed the problem of pagans who were never evangelized and consequently during their lifetime had no opportunity to recognize… …   Wikipedia

  • virtuous circle — UK / US or virtuous cycle UK / US noun [singular] a process in which a good action or event produces a good result that also causes the process to continue so that more good results happen …   English dictionary

  • virtuous cycle — virtuous circle UK / US or virtuous cycle UK / US noun [singular] a process in which a good action or event produces a good result that also causes the process to continue so that more good results happen …   English dictionary

  • virtuous cycle — variant UK US Main entry: virtuous circle …   Useful english dictionary

  • Virtuous circle and vicious circle — A virtuous circle or a vicious circle is a complex of events that reinforces itself through a feedback loop toward greater instability. A virtuous circle (or virtuous cycle) has favorable results, and a vicious circle (or vicious cycle) has… …   Wikipedia

  • virtuous circle — N SING If you describe a situation as a virtuous circle, you mean that once one good thing starts happening, other good things happen, which cause the first thing to continue happening. Exercise creates its own virtuous circle. Once you start a… …   English dictionary

  • virtuous cycle — (VUR.choo.us sy.kul) n. One good thing leads to another. That is, a situation in which improvement in one element of a chain of circumstances leads to improvement in another element, which then leads to further improvement in the original element …   New words

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”