symbolic logic

noun
a modern development of formal logic employing a special notation or symbolism capable of manipulation in accordance with precise rules.
Also called mathematical logic.


Origin:
1880–85

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symbolic logic
 
n
another term for formal logic

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symbolic logic definition

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The discipline that treats formal logic by means of a formalised artificial language or symbolic calculus, whose purpose is to avoid the ambiguities and logical inadequacies of natural language.
(1995-12-24)

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symbolic logic

the abstract study of propositions, statements, or assertively used sentences and of deductive arguments. The discipline abstracts from the content of these elements the structures or logical forms that they embody. The logician customarily uses a symbolic notation to express such structures clearly and unambiguously and to enable manipulations and tests of validity to be more easily applied. Although the following discussion freely employs the technical notation of modern symbolic logic, its symbols are introduced gradually and with accompanying explanations so that the serious and attentive general reader should be able to follow the development of ideas

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Example sentences
Expert systems would embody and manipulate knowledge in the form of symbolic logic.
Here too, reason is seen as the manipulation of meaningless symbols, as in symbolic logic.
Seventh-graders plunge into a math program that combines straight computation with sophisticated problems in symbolic logic.
Something that isn't used so much for symbolic logic.
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