Dubious Assumption

The artifact makes foolish, dubious, or unlikely assumptions.

Dubious assumption or tendentious assumption is a rhetorical pattern in which the speaker or writer attempts to bolster the validity of their position by asserting that their argument, however obscure or controversial, is the dominant viewpoint held by reasonable thinking persons, the nation, the scientific community, etc. It is the rhetorical insistence that the audience or other external authority agrees with the speaker, and the subsequent enrollment, through language, of those unwitting persons into the speaker’s cause.


The Dubious Assumption flag should be applied in cases where the author or content originator is attempting to mislead consumers by pretending that a controversial or obscure idea or movement enjoys popularity.