undistributed middle

/ˌʌndəsˌtrɪbjutəd ˈmɪdl/ (say .unduhs.tribyoohtuhd 'midl)

noun Logic
a syllogistic fallacy in which the second premise does not apply to all members of the class in the first premise, and therefore cannot provide the basis for a conclusion.

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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  • undistributed middle — Logic. a middle term of a syllogism that does not refer to its entire class in the major premise or minor premise, with the result that the syllogism is not valid. [1820 30] * * * …   Universalium

  • undistributed middle — noun Logic a fallacy arising from the failure of the middle term of a syllogism to refer to all the members of a class in at least one premise …   English new terms dictionary

  • undistributed middle term — undistributed middle term, Logic. a middle term which does not include its whole class (all or none) in either the first or the second premise of a syllogism. It makes the syllogism invalid. Example: The middle term “men” or “man” is not… …   Useful english dictionary

  • undistributed middle, fallacy of the — If an argument has the form of a syllogism, but the middle term is not distributed, it will not be valid: all people are mammals, some mammals are cats, therefore? …   Philosophy dictionary

  • Fallacy of the undistributed middle — The fallacy of the undistributed middle is a logical fallacy that is committed when the middle term in a categorical syllogism isn t distributed. It is thus a syllogistic fallacy. Pattern The fallacy of the undistributed middle takes the… …   Wikipedia

  • undistributed — adj. not distributed. Phrases and idioms: undistributed middle Logic a fallacy resulting from the failure of the middle term of a syllogism to refer to all the members of a class …   Useful english dictionary

  • ambiguous middle — noun : the fallacy of using the middle term of a syllogism in two different meanings : undistributed middle …   Useful english dictionary

  • Non sequitur (logic) — Non sequitur (Latin for it does not follow ), in formal logic, is an argument in which its conclusion does not follow from its premises.[1] In a non sequitur, the conclusion could be either true or false, but the argument is fallacious because… …   Wikipedia

  • Distribution of terms — A categorical term is said to be distributed if all members of that category are included. In a statement such as all A are either B or C , the categorical term, A, is distributed, because all members of set A are included. The categorical terms …   Wikipedia

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