[pol-ee-sil-uh-jiz-uh m]

noun Logic.

an argument made up of a chain of syllogisms, the conclusion of each being a premise of the one following, until the last one.

Origin of polysyllogism

First recorded in 1830–40; poly- + syllogism
Related formspol·y·syl·lo·gis·tic, adjective
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Historical Examples of polysyllogism

  • Two modes of abbreviating a Polysyllogism, are usually discussed, the Epicheirema and the Sorites.


    Carveth Read

British Dictionary definitions for polysyllogism



a chain of syllogisms in which the conclusion of one syllogism serves as a premise for the next
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