2 the act of breaking a connection [syn: disconnection]
- Rhymes: -ʌŋkʃən
Noundisjunction (plural disjunctions)
In logic and mathematics, or, also known as logical disjunction or inclusive disjunction is a logical operator that results in true whenever one or more of its operands are true. In grammar, or is a coordinating conjunction.
Logical disjunction is an operation on two logical values, typically the values of two propositions, that produces a value of false if and only if both of its operands are false. More generally a disjunction is a logical formula that can have one or more literals separated only by ORs. A single literal is often considered to be a degenerate disjunction.
Truth tableThe truth table of p OR q (also written as p\orq (logic), p || q (in C-family languages in computer programming), or p + q (electronics)) is as follows:
Venn diagramThe Venn diagram of "p or q" (red is true)
The following properties apply to disjunction:
- associativity: a \lor (b \lor c) \equiv (a \lor b) \lor c
- commutativity: a \lor b \equiv b \lor a
- distributivity: (a \lor (b \land c)) \equiv ((a \lor b) \land (a \lor c))
- (a \land (b \lor c)) \equiv ((a \land b) \lor (a \land c))
- (a \lor (b \equiv c)) \equiv ((a \lor b) \equiv (a \lor c))
- (a \land (b \lor c)) \equiv ((a \land b) \lor (a \land c))
- idempotency: a \lor a \equiv a
- monotonicity: (a \rightarrow b) \rightarrow ((c \lor a) \rightarrow (c \lor b))
- (a \rightarrow b) \rightarrow ((a \lor c) \rightarrow (b \lor c))
- truth-preserving: The interpretation under which all variables are assigned a truth value of 'true' produces a truth value of 'true' as a result of disjunction.
- falsehood-preserving: The interpretation under which all variables are assigned a truth value of 'false' produces a truth value of 'false' as a result of disjunction.
The mathematical symbol for logical disjunction varies in the literature. In addition to the word "or", the symbol "\or", deriving from the Latin word vel for "or", is commonly used for disjunction. For example: "A \or B " is read as "A or B ". Such a disjunction is false if both A and B are false. In all other cases it is true.
All of the following are disjunctions:
- A \or B
- \neg A \or B
- A \or \neg B \or \neg C \or D \or \neg E
- \neg A \or B
The corresponding operation in set theory is the set-theoretic union.
Applications in computer scienceOperators corresponding to logical disjunction exist in most programming languages.
Bitwise operationDisjunction is often used for bitwise operations. Examples:
- 0 or 0 = 0
- 0 or 1 = 1
- 1 or 0 = 1
- 1 or 1 = 1
- 1010 or 1100 = 1110
The or operator can be used to set bits in a bitfield to 1, by or-ing the field with a constant field with the relevant bits set to 1.
Logical operationMany languages distinguish between bitwise and logical disjunction by providing two distinct operators; in languages following C, bitwise disjunction is performed with the single pipe (|) and logical disjunction with the double pipe (||) operators.
Logical disjunction is usually short-circuited; that is, if the first (left) operand evaluates to true then the second (right) operand is not evaluated. The logical disjunction operator thus usually constitutes a sequence point.
UnionThe union used in set theory is defined in terms of a logical disjunction: x ∈ A ∪ B if and only if (x ∈ A) ∨ (x ∈ B). Because of this, logical disjunction satisfies many of the same identities as set-theoretic union, such as associativity, commutativity, distributivity, and de Morgan's laws.
- Boole, closely following analogy with ordinary mathematics, premised, as a necessary condition to the definition of "x + y", that x and y were mutually exclusive. Jevons, and practically all mathematical logicians after him, advocated, on various grounds, the definition of "logical addition" in a form which does not necessitate mutual exclusiveness.
- Exclusive disjunction
- Affirming a disjunct
- Bitwise OR
- Boolean algebra (logic)
- Boolean algebra topics
- Boolean domain
- Boolean function
- Boolean-valued function
- Disjunctive syllogism
- Disjunction elimination
- Disjunction introduction
- First-order logic
- Logical graph
- Logical value
- OR gate
- Propositional calculus
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disjunction in Simple English: Inclusive disjunction
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