bocardo definition

  • noun:
    • a kind of syllogism which 1st and third propositions tend to be specific downsides, plus the middle term a universal affirmative.
    • A prison; -- initially title associated with the old north gate in Oxford, which was used as a prison.
    • In logic, the mnemonic title of the state of mind for the third figure of syllogism in which the significant idea is a particular unfavorable, the small a universal affirmative, and also the conclusion a certain bad proposition: since, Some patriarchs (Enoch, Elijah) are not mortal; but all patriarchs are guys; hence, some guys are not mortal.
    • A prison: so named from the old north gate of Oxford, which had this name and was at once utilized as a prison.

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