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μᾶλλον μᾶλλον. The first μᾶλλον belongs both to τῷ ὄντι (=ὄντως) and to τῶν ὄντων: the second to ὄντως. After the stage of the argument reached in οὐκοῦνἧττον ὄν, it would have been enough to write here τὸ τῷ ὄντι πληρούμενον μᾶλλον μᾶλλον ὄντωςἀληθεῖ, τὸ δὲ ἧττον ὄντως πληρούμενον ἀπιστοτέρας ἂνμεταλαμβάνοι. Plato characteristically amplifies his conclusion, even at the risk of obscuring the relation between it and the preceding step.

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