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noun

the branch of logic concerned exclusively with the principles of deductive reasoning and with the form rather than the content of propositions.

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Origin of formal logic

First recorded in 1855–60
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formal logic

noun

Also called: symbolic logic the study of systems of deductive argument in which symbols are used to represent precisely defined categories of expressionsCompare philosophical logic
a specific formal system that can be interpreted as representing a fragment of natural argument
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