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n. Logic
A syllogism in which one of the premises or the conclusion is not stated explicitly.

[Latin enthȳmēma, from Greek enthūmēma, a rhetorical argument, from enthūmeisthai, to consider : en-, in; see en-2 + thūmos, mind.]


1. (Logic) an incomplete syllogism, in which one or more premises are unexpressed as their truth is considered to be self-evident
2. (Logic) any argument some of whose premises are omitted as obvious
[C16: via Latin from Greek enthumēma, from enthumeisthai to infer (literally: to have in the mind), from en-2 + thumos mind]
ˌenthymeˈmatic, ˌenthymeˈmatical adj


(ˈɛn θəˌmim)

a syllogism or other argument in which a premise or the conclusion is unexpressed.
[1580–90; < Latin enthȳmēma < Greek enthymēma thought, argument, derivative of enthȳmē-, variant s. of enthȳmeîsthai to ponder]
en`thy•me•mat′ic, adj.
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He wrote about syllogisms as forms of tight philosophical logic but situated enthymemes with popular, informal speech (Aristotle 2007, 34).
Since few of the premises from which rhetorical syllogisms are formed are necessarily true (most of the matters with which judgment and examination are concerned can be other than they are; for people deliberate and examine what they are doing, and [human] actions are all of this kind, and none of them [are], so to speak, necessary) and since things that happen for the most part and are possible can only be reasoned on the basis of other such things, and necessary actions [only] from necessities (and this is clear to us also from the Analytics), it is evident that [the premises] from which enthymemes are spoken are sometimes necessarily true but mostly true [only] for the most part (Kennedy, 1991, p.
It follows that, for him, the historical projection of different philosophies is possible only in virtue of a 'methodical emanatism': "Whereby the lining up of enthymemes is no longer simultaneous, but reflects back the faint stages of consciousness, it is scanned through its rhythms, becomes an order, that is a former and a latter.
probabilities of enthymemes rather than the airtight rigor of
Directions: Both the Voter and the Candidate seem to be making arguments that are enthymemes.
It is employed through enthymemes (a type of syllogistic argument) and inductive reasoning.
utiliser des references culturelles pertinentes; partager les valeurs et les conceptions du monde qui forment les enthymemes communs; saisir les non-dits permettant d'harmoniser les interactions sociales, et ainsi de suite.
are in fact valid enthymemes, inferences with tacit premises, guaranteed by world knowledge, such as "the entities in question are not in two places at the same time.
To do so, the orator has at his disposal three modes furnished by the spoken word: ethos, which, to borrow Kennedy's helpful descriptions, "informs both the speaker's and the character's presentation of themselves" (189); pathos, which "establishes the speaker's relationship to the author, to the work, and to the audience, as well as the audience's relationship to each of the other agents both as fictive audience and as actual reader" (189) and logos, which "entails the speaker's selection and use of enthymemes, maxims, example, and their common topoi" (8), the key to forensic success lying i n the creative integration of these.
The definition of a scientific law or the very demonstration of a mathematical theorem are as much a matter of syllogisms and enthymemes as they are of algebra (Goetsch 49-87).
First, is Aristotle's analysis of nine sham enthymemes, those forms of argument "that look genuine, but are not.
And all [speakers] produce logical persuasion by means of paradigms or enthymemes and by nothing other than these.