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Sorites Paradox

Sorites paradoxes are a class of paradoxical arguments also known as little-by-little arguments. The name ``sorites'' derives from the Greek word soros, meaning ``pile'' or ``heap''. Sorites paradoxes are exemplified by the problem that a single grain of wheat does not comprise a heap, nor do two grains of wheat, three grains of wheat, etc. However, at some point, the collection of grains becomes large enough to be called a heap, but there is apparently no definite point where this occurs.

See also Unexpected Hanging Paradox

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