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syllogism

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
Related topics: Philosophy
syllogismsyl‧lo‧gis‧m /ˈsɪlədʒɪzəm/ noun [countable] technical 🔊 🔊 RPa statement with three parts, the first two of which prove that the third part is true, for example ‘all men will die, Socrates is a man, therefore Socrates will die’syllogistic /ˌsɪləˈdʒɪstɪk◂/ adjective
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syllogismIn the course of forensic argument distorted syllogisms will of course be urged upon those who judge.It was taught dogmatically, with much logic-chopping and illustrative syllogisms.Like the Gnostics, he based his spirituality on direct experience rather than on syllogisms.It was on the basis of that syllogism that the connection between schools and parents developed for another decade or more.The third appears to be a deduction from the first two, but the syllogism is false.The adjective that forms part of the syllogism is one that has come to form a sort of collocation with the noun.
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