superaltern

noun
su·​per·​al·​tern | \ ˌsü-pər-ˈȯl-tərn How to pronounce superaltern (audio) \

Definition of superaltern

: a universal proposition (such as "every P is Q") that in traditional logic is held to be grounds for the immediate inference of the truth of a corresponding subaltern (such as "some P is Q")

First Known Use of superaltern

1921, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for superaltern

super- + subaltern

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“Superaltern.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/superaltern. Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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