Condition for Well-Foundedness/Forward Implication

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Theorem

Let $\struct {S, \preceq}$ be an ordered set.

Let $\struct {S, \preceq}$ be well-founded.


Then there is no infinite sequence $\sequence {a_n}$ of elements of $S$ such that $\forall n \in \N: a_{n + 1} \prec a_n$.


Proof

Suppose there exists an infinite sequence $\sequence {a_n}$ in $S$ such that:

$\forall n \in \N: a_{n + 1} \prec a_n$

We let $T = \set {a_0, a_1, a_2, \ldots}$.

Clearly $T$ has no minimal element.

Thus by definition $S$ is not well-founded.

$\blacksquare$


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