indirect reduction

noun

Definition of indirect reduction

  1. 1 :  the process of reducing a syllogistic argument to the first figure by taking the contradictory of the conclusion as a premise and getting the contradictory of one premise as the new conclusion —contrasted with direct reduction

  2. 2 less commonly indirect proof :  a reductio ad absurdum

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