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British Dictionary definitions for modus ponens

modus ponens

noun
  1. logic the principle that whenever a conditional statement and its antecedent are given to be true its consequent may be validly inferred, as in if it's Tuesday this must be Belgium and it's Tuesday so this must be Belgium

Word Origin

literally: mood that affirms
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