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Definition of "enthymeme" [en•thy•meme]

  • Logic A syllogism in which one of the premises or the conclusion is not stated explicitly. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "enthymeme" in a sentence
  • "I call the enthymeme a rhetorical syllogism, and the example a rhetorical induction."
  • "An enthymeme is an argument that’s built on major premise, minor premise, and conclusion, but the speaker/writer leaves out one of the premises because it’s assumed that everyone understands and agrees with that premise."
  • "The enthymeme is a sort of syllogism, and the consideration of syllogisms of all kinds, without distinction, is the business of dialectic, either of dialectic as a whole or of one of its branches."