prenex normal form

noun
pre·​nex normal form | \ ˈprēˌneks-\

Definition of prenex normal form

: a normal form of an expression in the functional calculus in which all the quantifiers are grouped without negations or other connectives before the matrix so that the scope of each quantifier extends to the end of the formula

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History and Etymology for prenex normal form

Late Latin praenexus tied up or bound in front, from Latin prae- pre- + nexus, past participle of nectere to tie, bind

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