syllogize

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v syllogize reason by syllogisms
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. i Syllogize To reason by means of syllogisms. "Men have endeavored . . . to teach boys to syllogize , or frame arguments and refute them, without any real inward knowledge of the question."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • syllogize To reason by syllogisms.
    • syllogize To reason together or in harmony.
    • syllogize To deduce consequences from by syllogism.
    • syllogize Also spelled syllogise.
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Quotations

  • H. L. Mencken
    H.%20L.%20Mencken
    “One horse-laugh is worth ten thousand syllogisms. It is not only more effective; it is also vastly more intelligent.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr. : cf. F. syllogiser,

Usage

In literature:

No syllogism is needed to persuade us to eat, no prophecy of happiness to teach us to love.
"The Life of Reason" by George Santayana
The only flaw in this syllogism is that it is in direct conflict with every known fact.
"The Open Secret of Ireland" by T. M. Kettle
Now there's no use bringing your old syllogisms into this business.
"The City and the World and Other Stories" by Francis Clement Kelley
Isn't that a syllogism?
"Grey Roses" by Henry Harland
It cannot be destroyed by syllogism.
"Edward Caldwell Moore" by Edward Moore
This is very serious; the more so, from the syllogism being so admirably formed.
"Essays on Political Economy" by Frederic Bastiat
I understand none of your syllogisms.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 13, No. 75, January, 1864" by Various
In a syllogism there should be only three terms.
"The Art of Public Speaking" by Dale Carnagey (AKA Dale Carnegie) and J. Berg Esenwein
The intuition has its rights as well as the syllogism, and will always ultimately assert them.
"Nature Mysticism" by J. Edward Mercer
One doesn't, at that age, reason things out; one knows them, and is dumb, though unconvinced, before powerful syllogisms to the contrary.
"Lore of Proserpine" by Maurice Hewlett
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In news:

Very strict constructionism, in the form of creating backwards syllogisms and thereby violating the spirit of the Constitution, has been a hallmark of the Bush administration conservatives.
The technical name is syllogomania, from sylloge ("to collect"), but most psychiatric professionals call it compulsive hoarding.
Listening recently to Senator Kit Bond (R-MO) explain how the government is protecting privacy in the United States, I was reminded of my college logic class, where we learned about syllogisms: All men are mortal.
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In science:

However, they will not satisfy the Disjunctive Syllogism.
Preferential and Preferential-discriminative Consequence relations
However, |∼ does not satisfy the Disjunctive Syllogism.
Preferential and Preferential-discriminative Consequence relations
Actually, syllogisms introduced by Aristotle, as well as deduction rules of modern logic are schemas for logical inference and mathematical proofs.
Mathematical Models in Schema Theory
We extend the diagrammatic calculus of syllogisms introduced in to the general case of n-term syllogisms, showing that the valid ones are exactly those whose conclusion follows by calculation.
A diagrammatic calculus of n-term syllogisms
The main aims of the present paper are on one hand that of extending to the n-term case the diagrammatic calculus of syllogisms introduced in , where we dealt with the basic 3-term case and on the other hand that of single out a suitable category theoretic framework for the calculus itself.
A diagrammatic calculus of n-term syllogisms
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