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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
References in classic literature ?
Major Premise : Sixty men can do a piece of work sixty times as quickly as one man.
Woolley's major premise, (that Britain's economy would be destroyed), is false, as is his conclusion that; 'another referendum would be the fairest thing,' since fairness has nothing to do with the contradictory position of trying to leave the EU while remaining.
Synopsis: A major premise of "Learning by Design: Live Play Engage Create" is that the physical environments in which we learn should reflect our most powerful aspirations and our most promising ideas about learning.
The major premise of the author was to assess by reviewing literature relevant to student-centered approach implemented in the classroom in some educational institutes in the Sudan and to explain how this approach is informed by the constructivist views.
Hence, the major premise of this first inference would state a primary-universal demonstrandum ("deciduousness holds of all broad-leaved plants") and only then ([phrase omitted], 99a27) the "primary middle term" ([phrase omitted], 99a25)--the [phrase omitted] of deciduousness--becomes part of the demonstration:
"At least for Arkansas--I can't speak for everywhere--his major premise is wrong.
Major Premise: Source a is in position to know about things in a certain subject domain S containing proposition A.
Charges of censorship formed a major premise of defense counselor Abou Kasm's opening statement, in which he argued that a free and unbridled press was an essential component of Lebanese democracy.
This formula reduces decision-making to an Aristotelian syllogism with the law (L) as the major premise, the facts (F) as the minor premise, and the decision (D) as the conclusion of the syllogism.
In the past 25 years - the two nations have become strategic partners and have achieved fruitful results of cooperation in various fields." "Mutual respect is a major premise of Sino-Saudi relations.
All four arguments have three parts: major premise, minor premise and conclusion.
As great Italian criminal lawyer Cesare Beccaria says in his brilliant book "On crimes and punishments": "For every crime that comes before him, a judge is required to complete a perfect syllogism in which the major premise must be the general law; the minor, the action that conforms or does not conform to the law; and the conclusion, acquittal or punishment.