major premiss


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n major premiss the premise of a syllogism that contains the major term (which is the predicate of the conclusion)
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In literature:

It may supply us with the major premiss, but it is vague and uncertain about the minor.
"Is Life Worth Living?" by William Hurrell Mallock
The major premiss of the syllogism which proves an action to be virtuous must be actually present to the mind of the agent.
"Hours in a Library, Volume I. (of III.)" by Leslie Stephen
A most satisfactory conclusion, but a most singular major premiss.
"A History of the French Novel, Vol. 2" by George Saintsbury
The major premiss is not really part of the argument.
"Analysis of Mr. Mill's System of Logic" by William Stebbing
In the First Figure, the Major Premiss must be Universal, and the Minor Premiss affirmative.
"Logic, Inductive and Deductive" by William Minto
The major premiss in the typical syllogism is itself the inference.
"Rationalism" by John Mackinnon Robertson
Now I admit the minor premiss; but touching the major premiss I draw a distinction.
"Dante. An essay." by R. W. Church
They furnish him, so to speak, with his major premiss, and that is indisputable.
"Expositor's Bible: Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther" by Walter Adeney