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sorites

[saw-rahy-teez, soh-] /sɔˈraɪ tiz, soʊ-/
noun, Logic.
1.
a form of argument having several premises and one conclusion, capable of being resolved into a chain of syllogisms, the conclusion of each of which is a premise of the next.
Origin
1545-1555
1545-55; < Latin sōrītēs < Greek sōreítēs literally, heaped, piled up, derivative of sōrós a heap
Related forms
soritical
[saw-rit-i-kuh l, soh-] /sɔˈrɪt ɪ kəl, soʊ-/ (Show IPA),
soritic, adjective
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  • Your sorites into complexity outdistanced the brevity that you sort of promised.
British Dictionary definitions for sorites

sorites

/sɒˈraɪtiːz/
noun
1.
(logic)
  1. a polysyllogism in which the premises are arranged so that intermediate conclusions are omitted, being understood, and only the final conclusion is stated
  2. a paradox of the form these few grains of sand do not constitute a heap, and the addition of a single grain never makes what is not yet a heap into a heap: so no matter how many single grains one adds it never becomes a heap
Derived Forms
soritical (sɒˈrɪtɪkəl), soritic, adjective
Word Origin
C16: via Latin from Greek sōreitēs, literally: heaped, from sōros a heap
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