from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Of, relating to, resembling, or consisting of a syllogism or syllogisms.
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- adj. of or pertaining to a syllogism
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Of or pertaining to a syllogism; consisting of a syllogism, or of the form of reasoning by syllogisms.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Pertaining to a syllogism; consisting of a syllogism; of the form of reasoning by syllogisms: as, syllogistic arguments or reasoning.
- n. The art of reasoning by syllogism; formal logic, so far as it deals with syllogism. Compare dialectic, n.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. of or relating to or consisting of syllogism
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Quoth the late great Richard Jeni: It's called syllogistic reasoning, and you get high and proof stuff all day!
The purpose of this letter is to place in clear, stark terms the syllogistic fallacy long misused by some Americans to promote religion in Government.
This process is, therefore, usually illustrated in what is called the syllogistic form, thus:
If some of them [the practical arts] employ syllogisms as medicine and agriculture do, they are not called syllogistic because their purpose is not [to convince another] nor to employ syllogisms, but to do some activity (1994, p. 29, ll.
Loughner's ideas about the world, as revealed through his YouTube channel, are exceedingly nebulous, fixated on currency, grammar, and seemingly dominated by the idea that if you say something multiple times in a vaguely syllogistic way, it will become true.
He had made a kind of syllogistic analogy: In Tibet
The facilitator of the thinking module does not need to know anything about "divided middles" or "syllogistic reasoning" or "remote associates."
Likewise, while it would be odd if modern authors in general wrote things that lent itself easily to this sort of structuring except, perhaps, for occasional exceptions like Joyce, who might well do something like encode a syllogistic structure into a book, it would be less odd for poets who grew up learning syllogisms as a major part of their education.
Aside from the riddling content and the further evidence of what he means by certain terms that are central to his verse “the this,” the error or perhaps the evil of actual choice, the poem shamelessly lays bare its syllogistic structure:
I remember a passage in Alain de Lille's medieval work, the Complaint of Nature, in which he describes sex entirely in syllogistic terms -- as in syllogisms minor and major terms are connected by a single middle terms, in sex minor terms and major terms are connected by a set series of middle terms starting with acquaintance, moving through kisses, and ending in mutual inherence.
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