Syllogism Law and Legal Definition

Syllogism is a logical reasoning, consisting of a major premise, a minor premise and a conclusion. Every action at law to redress a wrong or enforce a right, if properly instituted, is a syllogism of which the major premise is the proposition of law involved, the minor premise is the proposition of fact, and the judgment the conclusion. [Lamphear v. Buckingham, 33 Conn. 237, 248 (Conn. 1866)]