syllogism (plural syllogisms)
- (logic) an argument the conclusion of which is supported by two premises, of which one contains the term that is the predicate of the conclusion, and the other contains the term that is the subject of the conclusion; common to both premises is a term that is excluded from the conclusion.
- "All humans are mortal. You are a human. Therefore you will die" is a syllogism.
- (obsolete) A trick, artifice; an extremely subtle, sophisticated, or deceptive argument.
- For usage examples of this term, see Citations:syllogism.
inference from premises