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in logic, a universal proposition from which another proposition (a subaltern) may be immediately inferred
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(ˌsu pərˈɔl tərn)

n. Logic.
a universal proposition from which a corresponding particular proposition is inferred.
[1920–25; super- + (sub) altern]
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A definition formerly used by the National Center on Child Abuse and Neglect (NCCAN)--"child abuse which results in impaired psychological growth and development"(19)--is oddly circular; the subaltern concept (psychological child abuse) is defined in terms of the superaltern concept (child abuse) and its effects.
While the injury elements are still present,(30) the superaltern definition of child abuse that incorporates these injury referents is not limited to them exclusively: "Abused or neglected child" means a child whose health or welfare is harmed or threatened with harm when his parent ...
If, then, it is child abuse--serious--but psychological child abuse--not serious--it should not be surprising to find confusion about its consequences: The superaltern (child abuse) by definition demands intervention in the family, but the subaltern (psychological child abuse) does not.