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syllogism

syl·lo·gism

syllogism

 
pronunciation:
sI l jih zm
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: in logic, a type of deductive reasoning based on a major and a minor premise, whose conclusion must be true if the two premises are true.
definition 2: the extension of general truths to specific cases; deductive reasoning.
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The word syllogism contains the following parts:
syl- Greek prefix that means with, together with
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The prefix syl- occurs in Greek loanwords and hence attaches to Greek bases. It is an assimilated form of syn- used before roots beginning with l, such as "log". See syn-.
log, logo, -logue Greek root that means word, speech, written work
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See also -logy, -ology, a terminal form of this root.
-ism1 Greek noun-forming suffix that means act, process, state, practice, or instance of
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The suffix -ism1 attaches to Greek roots to form nouns which usually have a corresponding verb ending in "-ize, -ise". See also -ism2.