heptalemma

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

English hepta- (seven) +‎ Ancient Greek λῆμμᾰ (lêmma, premise”, “assumption), as in dilemma, trilemma, tetralemma, etc.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˌhɛptəˈlɛmə/

Noun[edit]

heptalemma

  1. (Indian logic, rare) A figure that gives an exhaustive enumeration of seven possibilities in a specified situation.
    • 2010, Piotr Balcerowicz (editor), Logic and Belief in Indian Philosophy, Motilal Banarsidass Publishers, ISBN 8120834461 (10), ISBN 9788120834460 (13), page 150:
      Ṭhāṇ 3.239 offers also a trilemma: (1) to state the truth (tavvayaṇa <tadvacana>), (2) to state the untruth (tadaṇṇavayaṇa <tadanyavacana>), (3) to state something meaningless or negative (no-avayaṇa <no-avacana>); Ṭhāṇ 7.129 a heptalemma: (1) speech (ālāva <ālāpa>), (2) taciturnity (aṇ-ālāva <an-ālāpa>), (3) flattery (ullāva <ullāpa>), (4) insult (aṇ-ullāva <an-ullāpa>), (5) dialogue (saṁlāva <saṁlāpa>), (6) prattle (palāva <pralāpa>), (7) contradiction (vi-ppalāva <vi-pralāpa>).