It may take, for instance, as its major premise, Love is the divine secret of blessedness.
And first, as to the major premise, it must be met with a flat denial.
It was, he thought, the major premise of the syllogism of National disintegration.
The major premise of the Delia-Baconians has, therefore, nothing in it whatever.
The city casuist might have smiled at the major premise—and laughed at the ingenuous conclusion.
With regard to the major premise here, one might freely deny it.
Look carefully for the major premise of propositions advanced in argument, spoken or written.
A major premise is but an assumption unless it is already known.
If for our major premise we say all normal men are rational, we rest our belief on observation.
(a) When the major premise is affirmative, the minor must be universal.
late 14c., from Old French silogisme "a syllogism," from Latin syllogismus, from Greek syllogismos "a syllogism," originally "inference, conclusion, computation, calculation," from syllogizesthai "bring together, premise, conclude," literally "think together," from syn- "together" (see syn-) + logizesthai "to reason, count," from logos "a reckoning, reason" (see logos).