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: Middle English silogisme from Middle French from Classical Latin syllogismus from Glassical Greek syllogismos, a reckoning together from syllogizesthai, to reckon together, sum up from syn-, together plush logizesthai, to reason from logos, word: see logic
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