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distribution of terms

in syllogistics, the application of a term of a proposition to the entire class that the term denotes. A term is said to be distributed in a given proposition if that proposition implies all other propositions that differ from it only in having, in place of the original term, any other term whose extension is a part of that of the original term-i.e., if, and only if, the term as it is used in that occurrence covers all the members of the class that it denotes.

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Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
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