What is IGNORATIO ELENCHI?

Lat. A term of logic, sometimes applied to pleadings and toarguments on appeal, which signifies a mistake of the question, that is, the mistake ofone who, failing to discern the real question which he is to meet and answer, addresseshis allegations or arguments to a collateral matter or something beside the point. SeeCase upon the Statute for Distribution, Wythe (Va.) 309.Ignoratis terminis artis, ignoratur et ars. Where the terms of an art are unknown,the art itself is unknown also. Co. Litt. 2a.

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