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major premise

n.
The premise in a syllogism containing the major term, which will form the predicate of the conclusion.

major premise

n
(Logic) logic the premise of a syllogism containing the predicate of its conclusion

ma′jor prem′ise


n.
the premise of a syllogism that contains the major term.
[1855–60]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.major premise - the premise of a syllogism that contains the major term (which is the predicate of the conclusion)
syllogism - deductive reasoning in which a conclusion is derived from two premises
assumption, premise, premiss - a statement that is assumed to be true and from which a conclusion can be drawn; "on the assumption that he has been injured we can infer that he will not to play"
major term - the term in a syllogism that is the predicate of the conclusion
middle term - the term in a syllogism that is common to both premises and excluded from the conclusion
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