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Single Idea 9994

[catalogued under 5. Theory of Logic / I. Semantics of Logic / 4. Satisfaction]

Full Idea

A truth assignment 'satisfies' a formula, or set of formulae, if it evaluates as True when all of its components have been assigned truth values.


a 'wff' is a well-formed formula

Gist of Idea

A truth assignment to the components of a wff 'satisfy' it if the wff is then True


Herbert B. Enderton (A Mathematical Introduction to Logic (2nd) [2001], 1.2)

Book Reference

Enderton,Herbert B.: 'A Mathematical Introduction to Logic' [Academic Press 2001], p.23

A Reaction

[very roughly what Enderton says!] The concept becomes most significant when a large set of wff's is pronounced 'satisfied' after a truth assignment leads to them all being true.