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  • A logical argument in which the conclusion follows from two prior premises. A categorical syllogism consists of a major premise, a minor premise, and a conclusion that follows—for example,

    All cats are clever. (major premise)
    Lily is a cat. (minor premise)
    Therefore, Lily is clever. (conclusion)

    Other types of syllogisms include disjunctive syllogisms and hypothetical syllogisms.

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