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An argument-in-a-box is a short phrase which implies a logical argument – or, more precisely, asserts a conclusion and hints at the argument behind it – without actually stating it explicitly. It is a form of rhetorical deception.

Another term for this concept might be Trojan argument, where the argument comes wrapped in some sort of attractive packaging -- e.g. something that sounds clever -- and therefore slips a false conclusion past the listener's critical thinking skills.


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