Suppose $P$ is a proposition whose truth or falsehood is to be determined.
Let $\phi$ be a WFF of $\mathcal L$.
The term formal proof is also used to refer to specific presentations of such collections.
Also known as
Some authors use the term sound argument as a synonym for what is defined here as a proof.
However, as some use sound argument to mean the same thing that is defined here as a valid argument, it is recommended that this term not be used.
Some authors refer to a proof as a derivation.
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