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Of or relating to the Hellenistic Jewish philosopher Philo Judaeus (20 b.c.–50 a.d.); = Philonic.
Of or relating to the ancient Greek logician Philo the Dialectician; specifically designating or relating to his view of conditional propositions, in which he was the first to posit the relationship of material implication.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in John Kitto (1804–1854), writer and missionary. From post-classical Latin Philon-, Philo + -an. Compare earlier Philonic<br>late 19th century; earliest use found in Charles Peirce (1839–1914), scientist and philosopher. From ancient Greek Φίλων, the name of Philo the Dialectician, ancient Greek logician (4th–3rd cent. b.c.) + -ian.
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