From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

Yuktyābhāsa literally means ‘semblance of reason’.

In the philosophical treatises, a quotation from a standard text is taken up for discussion. A saṅśaya or doubt is raised about its correct meaning by mentioning two or more alternatives. The opponent, called purvapakṣin, supports one of the views and gives his yuktis or arguments. A siddhāntin[1] refutes these arguments by showing that they are only a semblance of arguments and not true. This is termed yuktyābhāsa. The arguments of the siddhāntin are called sadyukti or valid reason.


  1. Siddhāntin means propounder of the correct theory.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore