from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act of subsuming.
  • n. Something subsumed.
  • n. Logic The minor premise of a syllogism.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. the act of subsuming, or something subsumed
  • n. The premise of a syllogism that contains the minor term

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of subsuming, or of including under another.
  • n. That which is subsumed, as the minor clause or premise of a syllogism.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of subsuming; the act of mentioning as an instance of a rule or an example of a class; the act of including under something more general (and, in the strict use of the word, something already considered), as a particular under a universal, or a species under a genus.
  • n. That which is subsumed; the minor premise of a syllogism, when stated after the major premise.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. incorporating something under a more general category
  • n. the premise of a syllogism that contains the minor term (which is the subject of the conclusion)


Latin subsūmptiō, subsūmptiōn-, a subsuming, from subsūmptus, past participle of subsūmere, to subsume; see subsume.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


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  • But at the same time the idealist tradition clearly bridled — and increasingly so under the Napoleonic occupation — at the idea of the subsumption of particular individuality under universal processes, particularly where this threatened to negate the independent moral or political agency of the person.

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  • In addition, although not explained here, there are connections to other logics, subsumption as a part of special kinds of algebraic logic, finite Boolean algebras and switching circuit theory, and Boolean matrices.

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  • Is it fair to say that a premise(if true) could and would be a subsumption but not a subsumption if false?

    October 19, 2008