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undistributed middle

Logic. a middle term of a syllogism that does not refer to its entire class in the major premise or minor premise, with the result that the syllogism is not valid.
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1820-30 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • You have committed the fallacy of the undistributed middle term, if you care to know the proper name for it.

    Mr. Isaacs F. Marion Crawford
  • Moreover, not till a man's work is translated can we uncover all the unconscious cases of "undistributed middle."

    Plotinos: Complete Works, v. 4 Plotinos (Plotinus)

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