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enthymeme Line breaks: en¦thy|meme
Pronunciation: /ˈɛnθɪmiːm/

Definition of enthymeme in English:


An argument in which one premise is not explicitly stated.
Example sentences
  • Further, Aristotle distinguishes between enthymemes taken from probable premises and enthymemes taken from signs (sêmeia).
  • In this enthymeme, the major premise of the complete syllogism is missing.
  • He used enthymemes because they are an especially effective form of argument.


Mid 16th century: via Latin from Greek enthumēma, from enthumeisthai 'consider', from en- 'within' + thumos 'mind'.

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