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Take something as preexisting and given.  Synonym: premise.

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"Premiss" Quotes from Famous Books

... point. "Considering that Mazeppa was sprung of a race which in moments of excitement, when an enemy has stamped upon its vitals, springs up to repel the attack, it was only to be expected that he should sink beneath the blow—and sink he did." The conclusion is at variance with the premiss.] ...
— The Works of Lord Byron, Volume 4 • Lord Byron

... the major premiss of this syllogism is inadmissible for two reasons: in the first place, it is assumed that known mind can only be caused by unknown mind; and, in the second place, even if this assumption were granted, it would not explain ...
— A Candid Examination of Theism • George John Romanes

... longest. Had it contented itself with the mere discussion of minor points, with here and there a quibble about a miracle or a prophecy, we could excuse many of its vagaries on the score of enthusiasm. But its premiss was, "We will accept nothing between the two lids of this Book if our Reason cannot fathom it." Hence, all truth, every book of the Bible, even the sacraments of the church, came in for their share ...
— History of Rationalism Embracing a Survey of the Present State of Protestant Theology • John F. Hurst

... are samples of self-evident logical principles, but are not really more fundamental or more self-evident than various other similar principles: for instance, the one we considered just now, which states that what follows from a true premiss is true. The name 'laws of thought' is also misleading, for what is important is not the fact that we think in accordance with these laws, but the fact that things behave in accordance with them; in other words, the fact ...
— The Problems of Philosophy • Bertrand Russell

... truth with the patient energy, the wariness, and the conscience, with the sharpened instruments, the systematic apparatus, and the minute feelers and tentacles of the genuine thinker and solid reasoner, he only floated languidly on a summer tide of sensation, and captured premiss and conclusion in a succession of swoons. It would be a mistake to contend that no work can be done for the world by this method, or that truth only comes to those who chase her with logical forceps. ...
— Rousseau - Volumes I. and II. • John Morley

... transcendently absurd and dishonest to suppose that Popery, in any shape,—patristic belief, Tridentine dogma, or popular corruption authoritatively sanctioned,—would be able to take refuge under their text. This premiss I denied. Not any religious doctrine at all, but a political principle, was the primary English idea of "Popery" at the date of the Reformation. And what was that political principle, and how could it best be suppressed in England? What was ...
— Apologia Pro Vita Sua • John Henry Cardinal Newman

... of trap. Yet, though no reasoning from generals to particulars can, as such, prove anything, the conclusion is a bona fide inference, though not an inference from the general proposition. The general proposition (i.e. in the first figure, the major premiss) contains not only a record of many particular facts which we have observed or inferred, but also instructions for making inferences in unforeseen cases. Thus the inference is completed in the major premiss; and the rest of the syllogism serves only to decipher, ...
— Analysis of Mr. Mill's System of Logic • William Stebbing

Words linked to "Premiss" :   stipulation, minor premiss, scenario, presuppose, major premise, minor premise, posit, major premiss, premise, suppose, subsumption, thesis, postulate, condition, precondition

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