Definition:Unsatisfiable/Set of Formulas

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Definition

Let $\mathcal L$ be a logical language.

Let $\mathscr M$ be a formal semantics for $\mathcal L$.


A collection $\mathcal F$ of logical formulas of $\mathcal L$ is unsatisfiable for $\mathscr M$ iff:

There is no $\mathscr M$-model $\mathcal M$ for $\mathcal F$

That is, for all structures $\mathcal M$ of $\mathscr M$:

$\mathcal M \not\models_{\mathscr M} \mathcal F$


Also known as

In sources where satisfiable is referred to as semantically consistent, unsatisfiable is correspondingly termed semantically inconsistent.


An unsatisfiable collection of logical formulas is also often referred to as contradictory.

However, this term is also commonly used to describe the notion of inconsistency in the context of a proof system.

It is therefore discouraged as a synonym of unsatisfiable on $\mathsf{Pr} \infty \mathsf{fWiki}$.


Also see


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