Definition:Logical Implication/Distinction with Conditional

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Distinction between Logical Implication and Conditional

It is important to understand the difference between:

$A \implies B$: If we assume the truth of $A$, we can deduce the truth of $B$


$A \leadsto B$: $A$ is asserted to be true, therefore it can be deduced that $B$ is true

When $A$ is indeed true, the distinction is less important than when the truth of $A$ is in question, but it is a bad idea to ignore it.

Compare the following:

\(\text {(1)}: \quad\) \(\ds x > y\) \(\implies\) \(\ds \paren {x^2 > x y \text { and } x y > y ^2}\)
\(\ds \) \(\implies\) \(\ds x^2 > y^2\)

\(\text {(2)}: \quad\) \(\ds x\) \(>\) \(\ds y\)
\(\ds \leadsto \ \ \) \(\ds x^2\) \(>\) \(\ds x y\)
\(\, \ds \text { and } \, \) \(\ds x y\) \(>\) \(\ds y^2\)
\(\ds \leadsto \ \ \) \(\ds x^2\) \(>\) \(\ds y^2\)

We note that $(1)$ is a conditional statement of the form:

$A \implies B \implies C$

This can mean either:

$\paren {A \implies B} \implies C$


$A \implies \paren {B \implies C}$

instead of what is actually meant:

$\paren {A \implies B} \text { and } \paren {B \implies C}$

Hence on $\mathsf{Pr} \infty \mathsf{fWiki}$ we commit to using the form $A \leadsto B$ rigorously in our proofs.

The same applies to $\iff$ and $\leadstoandfrom$ for the same reasons.

Maintenance Status

It is believed that all pages on $\mathsf{Pr} \infty \mathsf{fWiki}$ that have used the $\implies$ construct have now been amended to use the $\leadsto$ construct.

Please feel free to be alert for any remaining.