enthymeme

[ en-thuh-meem ]
/ ˈɛn θəˌmim /
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noun Logic.

a syllogism or other argument in which a premise or the conclusion is unexpressed.

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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enthymeme

/ (ˈɛnθɪˌmiːm) /

noun logic

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

Word Origin for enthymeme

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 enthymeme

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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