minor term


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minor term

n.
The term in a syllogism that is stated in the minor premise and forms the subject of the conclusion.

minor term

n
(Logic) logic the subject of the conclusion of a syllogism, also occurring as the subject or predicate in the minor premise

mi′nor term′


n.
the term of a syllogism that is the subject of the conclusion.
[1835–45]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.minor term - the term in a syllogism that is the subject of the conclusion
term - one of the substantive phrases in a logical proposition; "the major term of a syllogism must occur twice"
ratiocination, conclusion - the proposition arrived at by logical reasoning (such as the proposition that must follow from the major and minor premises of a syllogism)
minor premise, minor premiss, subsumption - the premise of a syllogism that contains the minor term (which is the subject of the conclusion)
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However, is the explanans (the middle term) the essence (i) of the subject the explanandum attribute belongs to (minor term) or (ii) of the attribute itself (major term)?
However, LexisNexis is more likely to assign the more general Manager & supervisors, sometimes with the other two listed under "minor term."
In the excessively abridged and obscure style of the Analytics, he begins as follows: "Abduction, [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII.], is when it is well-known that the major term is true of the middle, and that the middle is true of the last is not known, but yet is antecedently more credible than is the conclusion." He should have added, "which conclusion we find to be a fact," but he overlooks that, in his wish to add the clause, "and if moreover the middles between the middle and the minor term be few; for thus it will be decidedly nearer to a thorough comprehension of the matter, [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII.]....
And to this, we add a minor term and that is our saying: "heaven is a body", and hence, it will follow from the first kind of syllogism (shakl) that heaven has a natural position.
We may conclude that the middle must be consequentially connected with the minor, and the major with the middle." On the other hand, Apostle renders this passage much more neutrally: "But to know the reason is to know through the cause; hence the middle term should belong to the minor term through it [that is, the minor term], and the major term should belong to the middle term through it [that is, the middle term].
In response, one wonders how geography as a minor discipline might be adjudicated on minor terms? How might geographical research have impact in a minor register, in registers of existence, rather than on terms imposed from above, concerned only with metrics?
The Company is satisfied with negotiations to date and can confirm that the major terms and conditions have been agreed with only some minor terms that remain outstanding.
Full Trinity Minor terms and conditions available on request and can be viewed at www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/rules 6.
This article investigates the nature of Aristotelian syllogistics and shows that the categorical syllogism is fundamentally about showing the connection, in the premises of the syllogism, between the major and minor terms as stated in the conclusion.