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In traditional logic a term is distributed in an occurrence if it covers all the members of the class that it denotes. But appearances can be deceptive: ‘men’ is not distributed in ‘not all men are retired’. The test is that adding a qualification to the term could turn a truth into a falsehood: ‘not all octogenarian men are retired’ may be false. See distribution of terms, syllogism.

Subjects: Philosophy.


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