from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Of or relating to a form of argument in which a series of incomplete syllogisms is so arranged that the predicate of each premise forms the subject of the next until the subject of the first is joined with the predicate of the last in the conclusion. For example, if one argues that a given number of grains of sand does not make a heap and that an additional grain does not either, then to conclude that no additional amount of sand will make a heap is to construct a sorites argument.
- n. A sorites argument.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A series of propositions whereby each conclusion is taken as the subject of the next.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An abridged form of stating of syllogisms in a series of propositions so arranged that the predicate of each one that precedes forms the subject of each one that follows, and the conclusion unites the subject of the first proposition with the predicate of the last proposition.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A kind of sophism invented by Chrysippus in the third century before Christ, by which a parson is led by gradual steps from maintaining what is manifestly true to admitting what is manifestly false.
- n. A chain-syllogism, or argument having a number of premises and one conclusion, the argumentation being capable of analysis into a number of syllogisms, the conclusion of each of which is a premise of the next.
Latin sōrītēs, sorites argument, from Greek sōreitēs, from sōros, heap.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the Latin sōrītēs, from the Ancient Greek σωρείτης (sōreitēs, "fallacy of the heap"), from σωρός (sōros, "heap"). (Wiktionary)