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middle term

Syllabification: mid·dle term

Definition of middle term in English:

noun

Logic
The term common to both premises of a syllogism.
Example sentences
  • In the latter, the syllogisms involved must have middle terms that are causes of the state of affairs which is to be demonstrated.
  • The reduction of propositions to principles leads to the middle term.
  • Thomas Aquinas argued that the highest sort of demonstration had as its middle term the real definition of the subject term.

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