material implication

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material implication

n
1. (Logic) the truth-functional connective that forms a compound sentence from two given sentences and assigns the value false to it only when its antecedent is true and its consequent false, without consideration of relevance; loosely corresponds to the English if … then
2. (Logic) a compound sentence formed with this connective
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The modal response for all four groups is consistent with the conditional event and inconsistent with the material conditional interpretation.
Absorption for the material conditional holds, but detachment fails.
For example, the principle that subtracting 1 from m + 1 gives m, applied at crucial points in Denyer's argument, holds only in the form of a material conditional.
In Chapter 4, 'Conditional Logic', after some remarks on the view that indicative conditionals are material conditionals and on its Gricean critique (72-5), the probabilistic theory of indicative conditions is discussed (75-81).