sorites

noun
so·​ri·​tes | \ sə-ˈrī-(ˌ)tēz How to pronounce sorites (audio) \
plural sorites

Definition of sorites

: an argument consisting of propositions so arranged that the predicate of any one forms the subject of the next and the conclusion unites the subject of the first proposition with the predicate of the last

Examples of sorites in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Mill doesn't tell us how to deal with the risk of viral notoriety, the sorites problem (in which individual expressions of criticism or objection add up to overwhelming disapproval), or the gender gap in tolerance for public disagreement. Samuel Goldman, The Week, 21 Mar. 2022 There is a puzzle in philosophy called the sorites, or heap paradox. BostonGlobe.com, 15 June 2021

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First Known Use of sorites

1551, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sorites

Latin, from Greek sōritēs, from sōros heap

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“Sorites.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sorites. Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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