ELI5: Explain Like I'm 5


An enthymeme is a type of argument that uses reasoning to come to a conclusion. It usually leaves out some of the details, so it can be hard to understand. To understand it better, imagine that you and your friends are playing a game. There's a monster chasing you, and you know you can't outrun it. So instead, you and your friends decide to all hide in a big bush. You might say something like: "Let's hide in the bush — there's no way the monster can find us in there!" This is an enthymeme because you didn't explain all the details of how you know the monster won't find you in the bush — you just used your knowledge to come to the conclusion that it was the best hiding spot.