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A string of syllogisms in which the conclusion of each forms a premise of the next, arranged with the intermediate conclusions omitted and only the final conclusion stated explicitly. For example: All true believers shall be saved; Anyone who is saved must be free from sin; Anyone who is free from sin is innocent in the eyes of God; All those who are innocent in the eyes of God go to heaven when they die; Therefore, all true believers go to heaven when they die. See also sorites paradox. soritical or soritic adj. [From Greek soreites heaped, from soros a heap]

Subjects: Psychology.

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