# Distribution of terms

### From The Logic Museum

In scholastic logic, the **distribution of terms** (*distributio terminorum*) in its earliest use is the prefixing of a universal quantifier. Peter of Spain says that distribution is "the multiplication of a common term brought about by a universal sign, for example when we say 'every man runs', the term 'man' is *distributed* or co-founded for any of its inferiors by the sign 'every', and so multiplication happens in that case"^{[1]}.

The fallacy of undistributed middle is when the middle term in a categorical syllogism is not distributed in the minor premise or the major premiss.

## See also

## References

- Kneale & Kneale 1962 p. 272 (
*Proprietates Terminorum*)

## Notes

- ↑
*Summulae Logicales*, ed. Bochenski 12.01

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