Of, relating to, resembling, or consisting of a syllogism or syllogisms.
(comparative more syllogistic, superlative most syllogistic)
- of or pertaining to a syllogism
Variant of syllogism
- an argument or form of reasoning in which two statements or premises are made and a logical conclusion is drawn from themEx.: All mammals are warmblooded (major premise); whales are mammals (minor premise); therefore, whales are warmblooded (conclusion)
- reasoning from the general to the particular; deductive logic
- an instance of subtle, tricky, or specious reasoning
Origin of syllogismMiddle English silogisme ; from Middle French ; from Classical Latin syllogismus ; from Classical Greek syllogismos, a reckoning together ; from syllogizesthai, to reckon together, sum up ; from syn-, together + logizesthai, to reason ; from logos, word: see logic