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adjective Also syl·lo·gis·ti·cal.
  1. of or relating to a syllogism.
  2. like or consisting of syllogisms.
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  1. the part of logic that deals with syllogisms.
  2. syllogistic reasoning.
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Origin of syllogistic

1660–70; < Latin syllogisticus < Greek syllogistikós, equivalent to syllogist(ós), verbid of syllogízesthai (see syllogize) + -ikos -ic
Related formssyl·lo·gis·ti·cal·ly, adverbnon·syl·lo·gis·tic, noun, adjectivenon·syl·lo·gis·ti·cal, adjectivenon·syl·lo·gis·ti·cal·ly, adverbun·syl·lo·gis·tic, adjectiveun·syl·lo·gis·ti·cal, adjectiveun·syl·lo·gis·ti·cal·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for syllogistically

Historical Examples of syllogistically

  • In fact it involved a situation which, syllogistically, comprised more than one dilemma.

    The Making of Arguments

    J. H. Gardiner

  • The first involves the giving; that is, rationally and syllogistically considered, what ye ought to do.

    Bits of Blarney

    R. Shelton Mackenzie

British Dictionary definitions for syllogistically


adjective Also: syllogistical
  1. of, relating to or consisting of syllogisms
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noun (often plural)
  1. the branch of logic concerned with syllogisms
  2. reasoning by means of syllogisms
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Derived Formssyllogistically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for syllogistically



1660s, from Latin syllogisticus or directly from Greek syllogistikos, from syllogizesthai (see syllogism).

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