contrapositive

noun
con·​tra·​pos·​i·​tive | \ ˌkän-trə-ˈpä-zə-tiv How to pronounce contrapositive (audio) , -ˈpäz-tiv \

Definition of contrapositive

: a proposition or theorem formed by contradicting both the subject and predicate or both the hypothesis and conclusion of a given proposition or theorem and interchanging them "if not-B then not-A " is the contrapositive of "if A then B "

First Known Use of contrapositive

1870, in the meaning defined above

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“Contrapositive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/contrapositive. Accessed 20 Feb. 2020.

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