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syllogism (plural syllogisms)
- (logic) An inference in which one proposition (the conclusion) follows necessarily from two other propositions, known as the premises.
- "All humans are mortal. You are a human. Therefore you will die" is a syllogism.
- (obsolete) A trick, artifice.
- "All syllogisms have three parts; therefore this is not a syllogism."
- For usage examples of this term, see Citations:syllogism.
inference from premises