Logic. an argument the conclusion of which is supported by two premises, of which one (major premise ) contains the term (major term ) that is the predicate of the conclusion, and the other (minor premise ) contains the term (minor term ) that is the subject of the conclusion; common to both premises is a term (middle term ) that is excluded from the conclusion. A typical form is “All A is C; all B is A; therefore all B is C.”
an extremely subtle, sophisticated, or deceptive argument.
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How to use syllogism in a sentence
Of course, “No means Yes” is a novel logical syllogism, but anything is possible.RFRA Madness: What’s Next for Anti-Democratic ‘Religious Exemptions’ | Jay Michaelson | November 16, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
This seems like an example of my favorite policy syllogism: 1.The Quixotic Crusade Against the Keystone Pipeline | Megan McArdle | March 1, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
There's a terrible syllogism that tends to follow on tragedies like this: 1.There's Little We Can Do to Prevent Another Massacre | Megan McArdle | December 17, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
I thought I would be protected by historical precision, reputation, syllogism and sincerity.
It is rarely the case in literature that the syllogism is fully stated: generally one of the premises is omitted.
If the major premise of this syllogism be granted, the conclusion is unquestionable.
However, if this were put into a syllogism, it would read as follows: All persons who do wrong pay the penalty soon.
Whatever can be proved at all can be reduced to a syllogism but agreement upon premises is in this case impossible.The Inhumanity of Socialism | Edward F. Adams
But Aquinas, with his Aristotelian method of syllogism and definitions, could not go beyond Augustine.Beacon Lights of History, Volume VI | John Lord
British Dictionary definitions for syllogism
a deductive inference consisting of two premises and a conclusion, all of which are categorial propositions. The subject of the conclusion is the minor term and its predicate the major term; the middle term occurs in both premises but not the conclusion. There are 256 such arguments but only 24 are valid. Some men are mortal; some men are angelic; so some mortals are angelic is invalid, while some temples are in ruins; all ruins are fascinating; so some temples are fascinating is valid. Here fascinating, in ruins, and temples are respectively major, middle, and minor terms
a deductive inference of certain other forms with two premises, such as the hypothetical syllogism, if P then Q; if Q then R; so if P then R
a piece of deductive reasoning from the general to the particular
a subtle or deceptive piece of reasoning
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