Re: Stretching for a word here...
This depends on context, but here's a possibility:
"dissyllogistic" to express the opposite of "syllogistic", which
charaterizes "syllogism". "Dissylogistic" would probably imply that
deductive reasoning was not employed. Here's Merriam-Webster's entry on
Main Entry: syl·lo·gism
Etymology: Middle English silogisme, from Middle French, from Latin
syllogismus, from Greek syllogismos, from syllogizesthai to syllogize, from
syn- + logizesthai to calculate, from logos reckoning, word -- more at
Date: 14th century
1 : a deductive scheme of a formal argument consisting of a major and a
minor premise and a conclusion (as in "every virtue is laudable; kindness is
a virtue; therefore kindness is laudable")
2 : a subtle, specious, or crafty argument
3 : deductive reasoning
- syl·lo·gis·tic /"si-l&-'jis-tik/ adjective
- syl·lo·gis·ti·cal·ly /-ti-k(&-)lE/ adverb
However, dissyllogistic doesn't have an entry, but that hasn't stopped
writers before. :)
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