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superaltern

[ soo-per-awl-tern ]
/ ˌsu pərˈɔl tərn /
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noun Logic.

a universal proposition that is the basis for the immediate inference of a corresponding particular proposition.

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Origin of superaltern

First recorded in 1920–25; super- + (sub)altern
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