syllogism (plural syllogisms)
|Examples (argument supported by two premises)|
All humans are mortal. Socrates is a human. Therefore Socrates is mortal.
- (logic) An argument whose conclusion 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.
- (obsolete) A trick, artifice; an extremely subtle, sophisticated, or deceptive argument; a sophism.
- For quotations of use of this term, see Citations:syllogism.
inference from premises