minor premiss


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Noun1.minor premiss - 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
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the general operative premiss), and it must select the minor premiss from amongst the circumstances of the action perceived by the intellect.