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Two Wrongs Make A Right

October 8th, 2009

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Two Wrongs Make A Right

classification : informal – red herring

Occurs when it is assumed that if one wrong is committed, another wrong will cancel it out. Like many fallacies, it typically appears as the hidden major premise in an enthymeme — an unstated assumption which must be true for the premises to lead to the conclusion.


An attempt to justify a wrong action by pointing to another wrong action.


After leaving a store, Jill notices that she has underpaid by $10. She decides not to return the money to the store because if she had overpaid, they would not have returned the money.

Other Names / Sub fallacies

Tu Quoque

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