major premise
major premise 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}. [WordNet 1.5]

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  • major premise — n. the premise (in a syllogism) that contains the major term …   English World dictionary

  • major premise — noun the premise of a syllogism that contains the major term (which is the predicate of the conclusion) • Syn: ↑major premiss • Hypernyms: ↑premise, ↑premiss, ↑assumption • Part Holonyms: ↑syllogism …   Useful english dictionary

  • major premise — noun Date: 1821 the premise of a syllogism containing the major term …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • major premise — noun In a categorical syllogism, the premise whose terms are the syllogisms major term and middle term …   Wiktionary

  • major premise — ma′jor prem′ise n. pho the premise of a syllogism that contains the major term • Etymology: 1855–60 …   From formal English to slang

  • major premise — Logic. See under syllogism (def. 1). [1855 60] * * * …   Universalium

  • major premise — See syllogism …   Philosophy dictionary

  • Major term — The major term is the predicate term of the conclusion of a categorical syllogism. It appears in the major premise along with the middle term and not the minor term. It is an end term (meaning not the middle term). Example: Major premise: All men …   Wikipedia

  • major — /ˈmeɪdʒə / (say mayjuh) noun 1. Military a commissioned officer ranking below a lieutenant colonel and above a captain. 2. one of superior rank in a specified class. 3. a person of full legal age. 4. Music a major interval, chord, scale, etc. 5.… …   Australian English dictionary

  • major premiss — noun the premise of a syllogism that contains the major term (which is the predicate of the conclusion) • Syn: ↑major premise • Hypernyms: ↑premise, ↑premiss, ↑assumption • Part Holonyms: ↑syllogism …   Useful english dictionary

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