symbolic logic


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 NooK incorporates symbolic logic and explicit probabilistic reasoning allows for clear explanations of the A.I.’s decisions. Jeremy Kahn, Fortune, 5 Apr. 2022 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, 12 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of symbolic logic

1856, in the meaning defined above

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15 Apr 2022

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“Symbolic logic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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