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deductive inference


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  • n. inference in which the conclusion is of no greater generality than the premises
  • n. inference in which the conclusion is just as certain as the premises


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  • This difference, it should be observed, applies only to the question of proving God's actual existence; for, His self-existence being admitted, it is necessary to employ a priori or deductive inference in order to arrive at a knowledge of His nature and attributes, and as it is impossible to develop the arguments for

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 6: Fathers of the Church-Gregory XI


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