Dictionary: beg question
5. beg the question
, to assume the truth of the very point raised in a question. http://dictionary.infoplease.com/begbeg the question
1 (of a fact or action) invite a question or point that has not been dealt with. 2 assume the truth of a proposition without arguing it.http://www.askoxford.com/concise_oed/beg?view=ukTo beg the question
, to assume that which was to be proved
in a discussion, instead of adducing the proof or
sustaining the point by argument.http://www.freedictionary.org/?Query=begbeg the question
If a statement or situation begs the question, it causes you to ask a particular question
Spending the summer travelling round India is a great idea, but it does rather beg the question of how we can afford it.
To discuss the company's future begs the question whether it has a future.http://dictionary.cambridge.org/define.asp?ke...http://alt-usage-english.org/excerpts/fxbegth...http://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/beg-the-qu...
Most authorities now view the current 'raise the question
' meaning as acceptable, even if that is a somewhat grudging recognition that the weight of numbers of those who use it that way is overwhelming. ... Whatever we might prefer, it is very likely that the percentage of the population that knows, or cares, that they are using the phrase incorrectly will continue to decline.http://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/beg-the-qu...
[Q] From George Beuselinck: Recently, I have observed that begging the question
has come to mean ‘raising the question’. Is this still an improper usage, or has the meaning of the phrase changed due to the usage?
[A] This one really bugs people who know some logic and are familiar with the classical languages. From my attempts to research the point, it also seems to cause trouble for dictionary writers and compilers of style guides, so much so that I’ve not found two authorities that entirely agree on the nature of the problem or which senses of beg the question
To beg the question
mean "to raise the question." (e.g. "It begs the question, why is he so dumb?") This is a common error of usage made by those who mistake the word "question" in the phrase to refer to a literal question. Sadly, the error has grown more and more common with time, such that even journalists, advertisers, and major mass media entities have fallen prey to "BTQ Abuse."http://begthequestion.info/