Description: The theory doesn't explain anything other than the phenomenon it explains, and at best, is likely to be incomplete. This is often done by just redefining a term or phrase rather than explaining it.
My car broke down because it is no longer working.
Explanation: “It isn’t working” is just another way of saying “broke down”, and fails to explain why it broke down.
People often make hasty decisions because they don’t take enough time to consider their choices.
Explanation: Not taking enough time to consider choices is precisely what a hasty decision is. Again, no explanation is offered, just a definition in place of an explanation.
Exception: If “because” is replaced with a phrase like, “in other words”, then it is a deliberate clarification and not a fallacy.
Farha, B. (2013). Pseudoscience and Deception: The Smoke and Mirrors of Paranormal Claims. University Press of America.