I know there's a word for it and it probably is similar to oxymoron, but I can't put my finger on it.

Edit - The sentences is generally characterised by having binary choices with no added information. i.e Things are either "A" or "not A"

  • aphorism, maxim, adage are a few that come to mind.
    – Lambie
    Jun 21, 2021 at 14:30
  • @lambie There is a word specifically for this kind of sentence. Although aphorism fits the criteria, its applicable to lot of other things too.
    – chad wolf
    Jun 21, 2021 at 14:34
  • @Cascabel Its a special case. It's not just binary choices, plus there is no added information i.e everything can be classified into "A" and "Not A".
    – chad wolf
    Jun 21, 2021 at 14:36
  • Not sure what you're getting at but you could read this: tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/…
    – Stuart F
    Jun 21, 2021 at 15:08
  • What is the word for always yes ... or always no ... never in-between gives answers like 'dichotomous', 'binary', 'either-or', 'yes-no, 'disjunctive' (and 'disjoint' is mentioned), 'exclusive disjuntion'. These describe situations, not sentences in the first instance, but acceptance of any of these answers makes the question a duplicate. You need to provide an example sentence to show that your question is not a duplicate. Jun 21, 2021 at 15:36

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I think the term tautology (specifically a logical tautology) could apply here.

  • Yes. This is it.
    – chad wolf
    Jun 21, 2021 at 15:43
  • Tautology is a much wider concept than what the question is about.
    – jsw29
    Jun 21, 2021 at 16:05

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