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minor premise


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n minor premise the premise of a syllogism that contains the minor term (which is the subject of the conclusion)
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Minor premise the premise which contains the minor term
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L., neut. minus.


In literature:

The minor premise was an error.
"Average Jones" by Samuel Hopkins Adams
Minor premise: Socialism provides for the happiness of every human being.
"My Friends at Brook Farm" by John Van Der Zee Sears
Amongst minor affairs was a change of premises.
"The History of the Fabian Society" by Edward R. Pease
MINOR PREMISE: Slovenly men are careless.
"The Art of Public Speaking" by Dale Carnagey (AKA Dale Carnegie) and J. Berg Esenwein
The premise in which the minor term occurs is called the Minor Premise; that in which the major term occurs is called the Major Premise.
"Logic" by Carveth Read
The whole syllogism is made up of three parts, major premise, minor premise, and conclusion.
"Ontario Normal School Manuals: Science of Education" by Ontario Ministry of Education
In the former case the minor premise of the Theistic syllogism is utterly invalidated; in the latter case it is abundantly sustained.
"Christianity and Greek Philosophy" by Benjamin Franklin Cocker
The 'minor' premise being obviously true, they took the major for granted.
"The English Utilitarians, Volume I." by Leslie Stephen
The minor term is the subject of the minor premise and the subject of the conclusion.
"English: Composition and Literature" by W. F. (William Franklin) Webster
In the next place, the minor premise of this argument is assumed.
"Arrows of Freethought" by George W. Foote
He assumes it in his major premise, implies it in his minor premise, and reaches it in his conclusion.
"The Arena" by Various
If for our minor premise we affirm that here is a normal man, we do so on the ground of observation.
"What and Where is God?" by Richard La Rue Swain
The syllogism is condensed; the major, and perhaps even the minor, premise is omitted, and often only the conclusion appears.
"The Five Great Philosophies of Life" by William de Witt Hyde
The minor premise is that William Shakespeare of Stratford-on-Avon could not have acquired or possessed so much book-learning.
"A Century of Science and Other Essays" by John Fiske

In news:

In existence long before foreign settlers arrived on this land, Ghost Suppers have surrendered to minor changes through the years, but the premise remains the same.

In science:

Since large enough average degree in a finite graph forces any given finite minor, Theorem 4.2 implies that infinite graphs satisfying its premise have such minors too.
Locally finite graphs with ends: a topological approach
Induction hypotheses for b x y and c x y can be obtained in a similar manner, and they appear in the consequents of the minor premises in the inductive proof.
Cyclic and Inductive Calculi are equivalent
Once the induction hypotheses have been created, the induction principle can be applied, creating 7 minor premises.
Cyclic and Inductive Calculi are equivalent
This type of arrangement is used consistently, and will lead to discharging all minor premises using the dc trees contained in the cyclic tree.
Cyclic and Inductive Calculi are equivalent
We then apply elimination rules for all the distinguished connectives in the consequents of all the resulting minor premises, we obtain an inductive derivation tree D (cid:48) .
Cyclic and Inductive Calculi are equivalent
Minor premise: bulges of disk galaxies and ellipticals are a single family distinguished only by mass (Davies 2006).
Astrophysics in 2006