symbolic logic

noun

Definition of symbolic logic

: a science of developing and representing logical principles by means of a formalized system consisting of primitive symbols, combinations of these symbols, axioms, and rules of inference

Examples of symbolic logic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web To this end, the Vienna Circle drew on the symbolic logic developed by the English philosopher Bertrand Russell, which offered a way to reduce any sentence to a series of symbols and formulas. Adam Kirsch, The New Yorker, "Philosophy in the Shadow of Nazism," 12 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of symbolic logic

1856, in the meaning defined above

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“Symbolic logic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/symbolic%20logic. Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

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