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major premise  n.  (Logic), That premise of a syllogism that contains the major term (which is the predicate of the conclusion). Contrasted to minor premise.

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"Major premise" Quotes from Famous Books

... espionage, of propaganda in neutral countries, the indiscriminate use of the submarine weapon, terrorization, military murders of civilians, and all the rest of the long count against Germany. Assume the vital major premise and the rest follows inevitably, provided her citizens are both docile and have ...
— The World Decision • Robert Herrick

... the conclusion is called the minor term. As there can be but three terms, the major and minor terms must each be found in one, and only one, of the premises, together with the middle term which is in them both. The premise which contains the middle term and the major term is called the major premise; that which contains the middle term and the minor term is called ...
— A System Of Logic, Ratiocinative And Inductive • John Stuart Mill

Words linked to "Major premise" :   premise, assumption, syllogism, major term

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