minor premise


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minor premise

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

minor premise

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

mi′nor prem′ise


n.
the premise of a syllogism containing the minor term.
[1720–30]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.minor premise - the premise of a syllogism that contains the minor term (which is the subject 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"
minor term - the term in a syllogism that is the subject of the conclusion
middle term - the term in a syllogism that is common to both premises and excluded from the conclusion
Translations

minor premise

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CQ1 and CQ3 challenge the acceptability of the major premise and the minor premise respectively.
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.
All four arguments have three parts: major premise, minor premise and conclusion.
The verification task prompts participants to engage in the first step while the inference task plus the negative minor premise "not-B" prompt people to engage in the second step.
While a so-called middle term is common to the two premises, the other two terms are the major extreme in the major premise and the minor extreme in the minor premise.
Within the context of the minor premise that all human beings are entitled to human rights, this is no trivial matter.
The rational psychologist's argument for the truth of the minor premise attempts to extend the necessity that all thoughts can be accompanied by the 'I think' to a positive conclusion concerning the nature of the 'I' that thinks.
But those three, and the reader himself, must recognize that the problem with the argument is not with the minor premise, on which Saruman concentrates, but with the major: a defensive war is not the equivalent of murder.
Here the comparative argumentation from the minor premise to the major is set up between the universality of Adam's sin and the universality of Christ's grace: 'Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death came through sin, and so death spread to all because all have sinned (after the insertion of verses 13 and 14, the comparison continues) 'But the free gift is not like the trespass.
The middle statement, the minor premise, refers to a particular example of that generalization, leading to the conclusion that the minor premise must agree with the major one.
Thus, as a minor premise, the emergence of proper word separation over the course of the medieval period was likely the single most important factor enhancing readers' ability to comprehend written text rapidly and silently.
The minor premise of Rehnquist's syllogism was that the principal in IOLTA programs is private property belonging to clients.