Major

Ma"jor

, n. [F. major. See Major, a.] 1. (Mil.) An officer next in rank above a captain and next below a lieutenant colonel; the lowest field officer.
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2. (Law) A person of full age.
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3. (Logic) That premise which contains the major term. It its the first proposition of a regular syllogism; as: No unholy person is qualified for happiness in heaven [the major]. Every man in his natural state is unholy [minor]. Therefore, no man in his natural state is qualified for happiness in heaven [conclusion or inference].
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In hypothetical syllogisms, the hypothetical premise is called the major.
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4. [LL. See Major.] A mayor. [Obs.] Bacon.
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