major premiss


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Noun1.major premiss - 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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Lindeboom surrounds his major premiss with multiple ancillary speculations.
An enthymeme may be of the first, second, or third order, depending upon whether the unstated proposition is the major premiss, the minor premiss, or the conclusion of the argument.