The association fallacy makes a generalization without providing proof for an assertion. It may be true, but it may also be false.


The association fallacy assumes that a person who associates with another person or group shares the same attributes as that person or group.


There may be an element of contagion or sympathetic magic involved.

Description As a Consequence of the Association

Termed Used


guilt by association


honor by association


Several examples of association fallacy can be found in the New Testament.


On the other hand, if membership in a group absolutely requires some act, then it is safe to assume that the member has performed at least 1 such act.


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