Logical conjunction

Logical conjunction
Venn diagram of
~A \and B \and C

In logic and mathematics, a two-place logical operator and, also known as logical conjunction, results in true if both of its operands are true, otherwise the value of false.

The analogue of conjunction for a (possibly infinite) family of statements is universal quantification, which is part of predicate logic.



And is usually expressed with the prefix operator K, or an infix operator. In mathematics and logic, the infix operator is usually ; in electronics \cdot; and in programming languages, & or and. Some programming languages have a related control structure, the short-circuit and, written &&, and then, etc.


Logical conjunction is an operation on two logical values, typically the values of two propositions, that produces a value of true if and only if both of its operands are true.

Truth table

Conjunctions of the arguments on the left
The true bits form a Sierpinski triangle

The truth table of ~A \and B:

0 0 0
0 1 0
1 0 0
1 1 1

Introduction and elimination rules

As a rule of inference, conjunction introduction is a classically valid, simple argument form. The argument form has two premises, A and B. Intuitively, it permits the inference of their conjunction.

Therefore, A and B.

or in logical operator notation:

 \vdash A \and B

Here is an example of an argument that fits the form conjunction introduction:

Bob likes apples.
Bob likes oranges.
Therefore, Bob likes apples and oranges.

Conjunction elimination is another classically valid, simple argument form. Intuitively, it permits the inference from any conjunction of either element of that conjunction.

A and B.
Therefore, A.

...or alternately,

A and B.
Therefore, B.

In logical operator notation:

 A \and B
 \vdash A

...or alternately,

 A \and B
 \vdash B


commutativity: yes

A \and B     \Leftrightarrow     B \and A
Venn0001.svg     \Leftrightarrow     Venn0001.svg

associativity: yes

~A ~~~\and~~~ (B \and C)     \Leftrightarrow     (A \and B) ~~~\and~~~ ~C
Venn 0101 0101.svg ~~~\and~~~ Venn 0000 0011.svg     \Leftrightarrow     Venn 0000 0001.svg     \Leftrightarrow     Venn 0001 0001.svg ~~~\and~~~ Venn 0000 1111.svg

distributivity: with various operations, especially with or

~A \and (B \or C)     \Leftrightarrow     (A \and B) \or (A \and C)
Venn 0101 0101.svg \and Venn 0011 1111.svg     \Leftrightarrow     Venn 0001 0101.svg     \Leftrightarrow     Venn 0001 0001.svg \or Venn 0000 0101.svg

idempotency: yes

~A~ ~\and~ ~A~     \Leftrightarrow     A~
Venn01.svg ~\and~ Venn01.svg     \Leftrightarrow     Venn01.svg

monotonicity: yes

A \rightarrow B     \Rightarrow     (A \and C) \rightarrow (B \and C)
Venn 1011 1011.svg     \Rightarrow     Venn 1111 1011.svg     \Leftrightarrow     Venn 0000 0101.svg \rightarrow Venn 0000 0011.svg

truth-preserving: yes
When all inputs are true, the output is true.

A \and B     \Rightarrow     A \and B
Venn0001.svg     \Rightarrow     Venn0001.svg
(to be tested)

falsehood-preserving: yes
When all inputs are false, the output is false.

A \and B     \Rightarrow     A \or B
Venn0001.svg     \Rightarrow     Venn0111.svg
(to be tested)

Walsh spectrum: (1,-1,-1,1)

Nonlinearity: 1 (the function is bent)

If using binary values for true (1) and false (0), then logical conjunction works exactly like normal arithmetic multiplication.

Applications in computer engineering

In high-level computer programming and digital electronics, logical conjunction is commonly represented by an infix operator, usually as a keyword such as "AND", an algebraic multiplication, or the ampersand symbol "&". Many languages also provide short-circuit control structures corresponding to logical conjunction.

Logical conjunction is often used for bitwise operations, where 0 corresponds to false and 1 to true:

  • 0 AND 0  =  0,
  • 0 AND 1  =  0,
  • 1 AND 0  =  0,
  • 1 AND 1  =  1.

The operation can also be applied to two binary words viewed as bitstrings of equal length, by taking the bitwise AND of each pair of bits at corresponding positions. For example:

  • 11000110 AND 10100011  =  10000010.

This can be used to select part of a bitstring using a bit mask. For example, 10011101 AND 00001000  =  00001000 extracts the fifth bit of an 8-bit bitstring.

In computer networking, bit masks are used to derive the network address of a subnet within an existing network from a given IP address, by ANDing the IP address and the subnet mask.

Logical conjunction "AND" is also used in SQL operations to form database queries.

The Curry-Howard correspondence relates logical conjunction to product types.

Set-theoretic intersection

The intersection used in set theory is defined in terms of a logical conjunction: xAB if and only if (xA) ∧ (xB). Because of this, set-theoretic intersection shares several properties with logical conjunction, such as associativity, commutativity, and idempotence.

Natural language

The logical conjunction and in logic is related to, but not the same as, the grammatical conjunction and in natural languages.

English "and" has properties not captured by logical conjunction. For example, "and" sometimes implies order. For example, "They got married and had a child" in common discourse means that the marriage came before the child. The word "and" can also imply a partition of a thing into parts, as "The American flag is red, white, and blue." Here it is not meant that the flag is at once red, white, and blue, but rather that it has a part of each color.

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