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enthymeme

[en-thuh-meem]
noun Logic.
  1. a syllogism or other argument in which a premise or the conclusion is unexpressed.
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Origin of enthymeme

1580–90; < Latin enthȳmēma < Greek enthȳ́mēma thought, argument, equivalent to enthȳmē-, variant stem of enthȳmeîsthai to ponder (en- en-2 + -thȳmeîsthai verbal derivative of thȳmós spirit, thought) + -ma noun suffix of result
Related formsen·thy·me·mat·ic [en-thuh-mee-mat-ik] /ˌɛn θə miˈmæt ɪk/, adjective
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  • Each of these sentences contains a conclusion and an enthymematic argument in support of it.

    Logic, Inductive and Deductive

    William Minto


British Dictionary definitions for enthymematic

enthymeme

noun logic
  1. an incomplete syllogism, in which one or more premises are unexpressed as their truth is considered to be self-evident
  2. any argument some of whose premises are omitted as obvious
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Derived Formsenthymematic or enthymematical, adjective

Word Origin

C16: via Latin from Greek enthumēma, from enthumeisthai to infer (literally: to have in the mind), from en- ² + thumos mind
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Word Origin and History for enthymematic

enthymeme

n.

"a syllogism in which one premise is omitted," 1580s, from Latin enthymema, from Greek enthymema "thought, argument," from enthymesthai "to think, consider," literally "to keep in mind, take to heart," from en "in" (see en- (2)) + thymos "mind" (see fume (n.)).

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