Definitions for: Colligation


[n] the connection of isolated facts by a general hypothesis
[n] the state of being joined together



Webster (1913) Definition: Col`li*ga"tion, n. [L. colligatio.]
1. A binding together. --Sir T. Browne.

2. (Logic) That process by which a number of isolated facts
are brought under one conception, or summed up in a
general proposition, as when Kepler discovered that the
various observed positions of the planet Mars were points
in an ellipse. ``The colligation of facts.'' --Whewell.

Colligation is not always induction, but induction
is always colligation. --J. S. Mill.

Synonyms: conjugation, conjunction, junction

See Also: anastomosis, association, connection, connexion, generalisation, generalization, induction, inductive reasoning, inosculation, synapse, unification, union

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