In logic, a set of symbols is commonly used to express logical representation. The following table lists many common symbols together with their name, pronunciation, and the related field of mathematics. Additionally, the third column contains an informal definition, the fourth column gives a short example, the fifth and sixth give the unicode location and name for use in HTML documents.^{[1]} The last column provides the LaTeX symbol.

## Basic logic symbols[edit]

Symbol | Name | Explanation | Examples | Unicode value (hexadecimal) | HTML value (decimal) | HTML entity (named) | LaTeX symbol |
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Read as | |||||||

Category | |||||||

⇒ → ⊃ | material implication | is true if and only if can be true and can be false but not vice versa. may mean the same as (the symbol may also indicate the domain and codomain of a function; see table of mathematical symbols). may mean the same as (the symbol may also mean superset). | is true, but is in general false (since could be −2). | U+21D2 U+2192 U+2283 | ⇒ → ⊃ | ⇒ → ⊃ | \Rightarrow \to or \rightarrow \supset \implies |

implies; if .. then | |||||||

propositional logic, Heyting algebra | |||||||

⇔ ≡ ↔ | material equivalence | is true only if both and are false, or both and are true. | U+21D4 U+2261 U+2194 | ⇔ ≡ ↔ | ⇔ ≡ ↔ | \Leftrightarrow \equiv \leftrightarrow \iff | |

if and only if; iff; means the same as | |||||||

propositional logic | |||||||

¬ ˜ ! | negation | The statement is true if and only if is false. A slash placed through another operator is the same as placed in front. | U+00AC U+02DC U+0021 | ¬ ˜ ! | ¬ ˜ ! | \lnot or \neg \sim | |

not | |||||||

propositional logic | |||||||

∧ · & | logical conjunction | The statement A ∧ B is true if A and B are both true; otherwise, it is false. | n < 4 ∧ n >2 ⇔ n = 3 when n is a natural number. | U+2227 U+00B7 U+0026 | ∧ · & | ∧ · & | \wedge or \land \& ^{[2]} |

and | |||||||

propositional logic, Boolean algebra | |||||||

∨ + ∥ | logical (inclusive) disjunction | The statement A ∨ B is true if A or B (or both) are true; if both are false, the statement is false. | n ≥ 4 ∨ n ≤ 2 ⇔ n ≠ 3 when n is a natural number. | U+2228 U+002B U+2225 | ∨ + ∥ | ∨ | \lor or \vee \parallel |

or | |||||||

propositional logic, Boolean algebra | |||||||

⊕ ⊻ | exclusive disjunction | The statement A ⊕ B is true when either A or B, but not both, are true. A ⊻ B means the same. | (¬A) ⊕ A is always true, and A ⊕ A always false, if vacuous truth is excluded. | U+2295 U+22BB | ⊕ ⊻ | ⊕ | \oplus \veebar |

xor | |||||||

propositional logic, Boolean algebra | |||||||

⊤ T 1 | Tautology | The statement ⊤ is unconditionally true. | A ⇒ ⊤ is always true. | U+22A4 | ⊤ | \top | |

top, verum | |||||||

propositional logic, Boolean algebra | |||||||

⊥ F 0 | Contradiction | The statement ⊥ is unconditionally false. (The symbol ⊥ may also refer to perpendicular lines.) | ⊥ ⇒ A is always true. | U+22A5 | ⊥ | ⊥ | \bot |

bottom, falsum, falsity | |||||||

propositional logic, Boolean algebra | |||||||

∀ () | universal quantification | ∀ x: P(x) or (x) P(x) means P(x) is true for all x. | ∀ n ∈ ℕ: n^{2} ≥ n. | U+2200 | ∀ | ∀ | \forall |

for all; for any; for each | |||||||

first-order logic | |||||||

∃ | existential quantification | ∃ x: P(x) means there is at least one x such that P(x) is true. | ∃ n ∈ ℕ: n is even. | U+2203 | ∃ | ∃ | \exists |

there exists | |||||||

first-order logic | |||||||

∃! | uniqueness quantification | ∃! x: P(x) means there is exactly one x such that P(x) is true. | ∃! n ∈ ℕ: n + 5 = 2n. | U+2203 U+0021 | ∃ ! | \exists ! | |

there exists exactly one | |||||||

first-order logic | |||||||

≔ ≡ :⇔ | definition | x ≔ y or x ≡ y means x is defined to be another name for y (but note that ≡ can also mean other things, such as congruence).P :⇔ Q means P is defined to be logically equivalent to Q. | cosh x ≔ (1/2)(exp x + exp (−x))A XOR B :⇔ (A ∨ B) ∧ ¬(A ∧ B) | U+2254 (U+003A U+003D) U+2261 U+003A U+229C | ≔ (: =) ≡ ⊜ | ≡ ⇔ | := \equiv :\Leftrightarrow |

is defined as | |||||||

everywhere | |||||||

( ) | precedence grouping | Perform the operations inside the parentheses first. | (8 ÷ 4) ÷ 2 = 2 ÷ 2 = 1, but 8 ÷ (4 ÷ 2) = 8 ÷ 2 = 4. | U+0028 U+0029 | ( ) | ( ) | |

parentheses, brackets | |||||||

everywhere | |||||||

⊢ | Turnstile | x ⊢ y means y is provable from x (in some specified formal system). | A → B ⊢ ¬B → ¬A | U+22A2 | ⊢ | \vdash | |

provable | |||||||

propositional logic, first-order logic | |||||||

⊨ | double turnstile | x ⊨ y means x semantically entails y | A → B ⊨ ¬B → ¬A | U+22A8 | ⊨ | \vDash, \models | |

entails | |||||||

propositional logic, first-order logic |

## Advanced and rarely used logical symbols[edit]

These symbols are sorted by their Unicode value:

- U+0305 ̅ COMBINING OVERLINE, used as abbreviation for standard numerals (Typographical Number Theory). For example, using HTML style "4̅" is a shorthand for the standard numeral "SSSS0".
- Overline is also a rarely used format for denoting Gödel numbers: for example, "A V B" says the Gödel number of "(A V B)".
- Overline is also an outdated way for denoting negation, still in use in electronics: for example, "A V B" is the same as "¬(A V B)".
- U+2191 ↑ UPWARDS ARROW or U+007C | VERTICAL LINE: Sheffer stroke, the sign for the NAND operator.
- U+2193 ↓ DOWNWARDS ARROW Peirce Arrow, the sign for the NOR operator.
- U+2201 ∁ COMPLEMENT
- U+2204 ∄ THERE DOES NOT EXIST: strike out existential quantifier same as "¬∃"
- U+2234 ∴ THEREFORE: Therefore
- U+2235 ∵ BECAUSE: because
- U+22A7 ⊧ MODELS: is a model of
- U+22A8 ⊨ TRUE: is true of
- U+22AC ⊬ DOES NOT PROVE: negated ⊢, the sign for "does not prove", for example
*T*⊬*P*says "*P*is not a theorem of*T*" - U+22AD ⊭ NOT TRUE: is not true of
- U+2020 † DAGGER: Affirmation operator (read 'it is true that ...')
- U+22BC ⊼ NAND: NAND operator.
- U+22BD ⊽ NOR: NOR operator.
- U+25C7 ◇ WHITE DIAMOND: modal operator for "it is possible that", "it is not necessarily not" or rarely "it is not provable not" (in most modal logics it is defined as "¬◻¬")
- U+22C6 ⋆ STAR OPERATOR: usually used for ad-hoc operators
- U+22A5 ⊥ UP TACK or U+2193 ↓ DOWNWARDS ARROW: Webb-operator or Peirce arrow, the sign for NOR. Confusingly, "⊥" is also the sign for contradiction or absurdity.
- U+2310 ⌐ REVERSED NOT SIGN
- U+231C ⌜ TOP LEFT CORNER and U+231D ⌝ TOP RIGHT CORNER: corner quotes, also called "Quine quotes"; for quasi-quotation, i.e. quoting specific context of unspecified ("variable") expressions;
^{[3]}also used for denoting Gödel number;^{[4]}for example "⌜G⌝" denotes the Gödel number of G. (Typographical note: although the quotes appears as a "pair" in unicode (231C and 231D), they are not symmetrical in some fonts. And in some fonts (for example Arial) they are only symmetrical in certain sizes. Alternatively the quotes can be rendered as ⌈ and ⌉ (U+2308 and U+2309) or by using a negation symbol and a reversed negation symbol ⌐ ¬ in superscript mode. ) - U+25FB ◻ WHITE MEDIUM SQUARE or U+25A1 □ WHITE SQUARE: modal operator for "it is necessary that" (in modal logic), or "it is provable that" (in provability logic), or "it is obligatory that" (in deontic logic), or "it is believed that" (in doxastic logic); also as empty clause (alternatives: and ⊥).
- U+27DB ⟛ LEFT AND RIGHT TACK: semantic equivalent

Note that the following operators are rarely supported by natively installed fonts. If you wish to use these in a web page, you should always embed the necessary fonts so the page viewer can see the web page without having the necessary fonts installed in their computer.

- U+27E1 ⟡ WHITE CONCAVE-SIDED DIAMOND
- U+27E2 ⟢ WHITE CONCAVE-SIDED DIAMOND WITH LEFTWARDS TICK: modal operator for was never
- U+27E3 ⟣ WHITE CONCAVE-SIDED DIAMOND WITH RIGHTWARDS TICK: modal operator for will never be
- U+27E4 ⟤ WHITE SQUARE WITH LEFTWARDS TICK: modal operator for was always
- U+27E5 ⟥ WHITE SQUARE WITH RIGHTWARDS TICK: modal operator for will always be
- U+297D ⥽ RIGHT FISH TAIL: sometimes used for "relation", also used for denoting various ad hoc relations (for example, for denoting "witnessing" in the context of Rosser's trick) The fish hook is also used as strict implication by C.I.Lewis ⥽ , the corresponding LaTeX macro is \strictif. See here for an image of glyph. Added to Unicode 3.2.0.
- U+2A07 ⨇ TWO LOGICAL AND OPERATOR

## Usage in various countries[edit]

### Poland and Germany[edit]

As of 2014^{[update]} in Poland, the universal quantifier is sometimes written and the existential quantifier as .^{[5]}^{[6]} The same applies for Germany.^{[7]}^{[8]}

### Japan[edit]

The ⇒ symbol is often used in text to mean "result" or "conclusion", as in "We examined whether to sell the product ⇒ We will not sell it". Also, the → symbol is often used to denote "changed to" as in the sentence "The interest rate changed. March 20% → April 21%".

## See also[edit]

- Józef Maria Bocheński
- List of notation used in Principia Mathematica
- List of mathematical symbols
- Logic alphabet, a suggested set of logical symbols
- Logic gate#Symbols
- Logical connective
- Mathematical operators and symbols in Unicode
- Polish notation
- Truth function
- Truth table

## References[edit]

**^**"Named character references".*HTML 5.1 Nightly*. W3C. Retrieved 9 September 2015.**^**Although this character is available in LaTeX, the MediaWiki TeX system does not support it.**^**Quine, W.V. (1981):*Mathematical Logic*, §6**^**Hintikka, Jaakko (1998),*The Principles of Mathematics Revisited*, Cambridge University Press, p. 113, ISBN 9780521624985.**^**"Kwantyfikator ogólny". 2 October 2017 – via Wikipedia.**^**"Kwantyfikator egzystencjalny". 23 January 2016 – via Wikipedia.**^**"Quantor". 21 January 2018 – via Wikipedia.**^**Hermes, Hans. Einführung in die mathematische Logik: klassische Prädikatenlogik. Springer-Verlag, 2013.

## Further reading[edit]

- Józef Maria Bocheński (1959),
*A Précis of Mathematical Logic*, trans., Otto Bird, from the French and German editions, Dordrecht, South Holland: D. Reidel.

## External links[edit]

- Named character entities in HTML 4.0