Biconditional elimination is the name of two valid rules of inference of propositional logic. It allows for one to infer a conditional from a biconditional. If is true, then one may infer that is true, and also that is true. For example, if it's true that I'm breathing if and only if I'm alive, then it's true that if I'm breathing, I'm alive; likewise, it's true that if I'm alive, I'm breathing. The rules can be stated formally as:
|Rules of inference|
|Rules of replacement|
where the rule is that wherever an instance of " " appears on a line of a proof, either " " or " " can be placed on a subsequent line;
The biconditional elimination rule may be written in sequent notation:
where , and are propositions expressed in some formal system.
- Cohen, S. Marc. "Chapter 8: The Logic of Conditionals" (PDF). University of Washington. Retrieved 8 October 2013.