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enthymeme


enthymeme


  1  definition  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Enthymeme  \En"thy*meme\,  n.  [Gr.  ?,  fr  ?  to  keep  in  mind, 
  consider;  ?  in  +  ?  mind,  soul.]  (Logic) 
  An  argument  consisting  of  only  two  propositions,  an 
  antecedent  and  consequent  deduced  from  it  a  syllogism  with 
  one  premise  omitted;  as  We  are  dependent;  therefore  we 
  should  be  humble.  Here  the  major  proposition  is  suppressed. 
  The  complete  syllogism  would  be  Dependent  creatures  should 
  be  humble;  we  are  dependent  creatures;  therefore  we  should  be 
  humble.