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universal negative

noun, Logic.
1.
a proposition of the form “No S is P.” Symbol: E, e.
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  • Such is the case also with the universal negative proposition.

    Thought-Culture William Walker Atkinson
  • But how does Aristotle prove the rule for the universal negative itself?

    Aristotle George Grote
  • The universal negative is sufficiently represented by a single Fig.

    Logic Carveth Read
  • The rule for the simple conversion of the universal negative rests upon the same evidence of Induction, never contradicted.

    Aristotle George Grote
  • Suppose the thesis set up by the respondent to be an universal affirmative, or an universal negative.

    Aristotle George Grote
  • I would not say that this never happened; because it is not wise to assert a universal negative.

  • Paul's universal negative challenges the contradiction of all the saints, martyrs, and heroes of Israel.

  • When the Agnostic speaks of the "possibility" of miracles, he only means that we cannot prove a universal negative.

    Flowers of Freethought George W. Foote
  • A single instance to the contrary is enough to break down his universal negative.

  • The cries of myriad free men living, & of millions yet unborn, rend the air with a universal negative!

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