hypothetical syllogism


Definition of hypothetical syllogism

1 : a syllogism consisting wholly of hypothetical propositions

called also pure hypothetical syllogism

2 : a syllogism consisting partly of hypothetical propositions

called also mixed hypothetical syllogism

— compare modus ponens, modus tollens

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History and Etymology for hypothetical syllogism

translation of Late Latin hypotheticus syllogismus

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