modus ponens

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Latin mode that affirms

From modus ponendo ponens – roughly, “mode where affirming affirms”.

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modus ponens (uncountable)

  1. (philosophy, logic) A valid form of argument in which the antecedent of a conditional proposition is affirmed, thereby entailing the affirmation of the consequent. Modus ponens has the form:
    1. If P, then Q.
    2. P.
    3. Therefore, Q.

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