Definition of Major premise

1. Noun. The premise of a syllogism that contains the major term (which is the predicate of the conclusion).

Exact synonyms: Major Premiss
Group relationships: Syllogism
Generic synonyms: Assumption, Premise, Premiss
Terms within: Major Term, Middle Term

Definition of Major premise

1. Noun. (context: logic) In a categorical syllogism, the premise whose terms are the syllogism's major term and middle term. ¹

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Literary usage of Major premise

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Hegel's Logic: A Book on the Genesis of the Categories of the Mind : a by William Torrey Harris (1896)
"The second figure is of this sort: major premise: All men are animals. ... In the first figure the middle term man is subject in the major premise and ..."

2. The Science of Logic: Or, an Analysis of the Laws of Thought by Asa Mahan (1857)
"Has he demonstrated the truth of his .major premise, " Order universally proves mind ?" To a consideration of this one question we will now advance. ..."

3. The Encyclopædia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature and by Hugh Chisholm (1911)
"The axiom of contradiction is not a major premise of a judgment: the dictum de um ni el nul I ч is not a major premise of a syllogism: the principle of ..."

4. Lectures on Metaphysics and Logic by William Hamilton (1860)
"That the major extreme is that contained in the major premise, and the major premise that itself most general. All opposite practice originates in abuse. ..."

5. A Manual of Logic by James Welton (1896)
"A Mixed Disjunctive Syllogism, in the strict sense of the term, is one in which the inference is drawn from the disjunctive form of the major premise. (i. ..."

6. Proceedings of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (1896)
"DISCUSSION ON IMPORTANT PHASES OF DIDACTIC CHEMISTRY. Introduction by Prof. THOMAS H. NORTON, University of Cincinnati, Ohio. THB major premise IN PHYSICAL ..."

7. Addresses and Proceedings by National Education Association of the United States, National Teachers' Association (U.S.)., American Normal School Association, Central College Association (1905)
"The major premise states the operation, while the minor states the term upon which the operation is to be performed. Since the selection of the operation ..."

8. An Introductory Logic by James Edwin Creighton (1909)
"P must be distributed, therefore, as the predicate of the major premise. But since negative propositions alone distribute their predicates, the major ..."

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