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deductive reasoning

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deductive reasoning

  1. Inference in which the conclusion cannot be false given that the premises are true.
    • 2004, Patrick Olivelle, transl., The Law Code of Manu (Oxford World's Classics), 2009 edition, New York: Oxford University Press, ISBN 978-0-19-955533-8, page 126:
      44As a hunter traces the location of an animal by the trail of blood, so a king should trace the location of justice by deductive reasoning.
  2. Inference in which the conclusion is of no greater generality than the premises.

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