Corollary
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A corollary is a statement that follows readily from a previous statement.
In mathematics a corollary typically follows a theorem. The use of the term corollary, rather than proposition or theorem, is intrinsically subjective. Proposition B is a corollary of proposition A if B can readily be deduced from A, but the meaning of readily varies depending upon the author and context. The importance of the corollary is often considered secondary to that of the initial theorem; B is unlikely to be termed a corollary if its mathematical consequences are as significant as those of A. Sometimes a corollary has a proof that explains the derivation; sometimes the derivation is considered to be self-evident.
In medicine, corollary sometimes refers to using older, more narrow spectrum antibiotics whenever possible. This is to avoid an increase in drug resistance.
See also
- Lemma (mathematics)
- Porism
- Lodge Corollary to the Monroe Doctrine
- Roosevelt Corollary to the Monroe Doctrine