# partial order

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Antisymmetry: If $a\leq b$ and $b\leq a$ for any $a,b\in A$, then $a=b$

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Transitivity: If $a\leq b$ and $b\leq c$ for any $a,b,c\in A$, then $a\leq c$

• Comparability: For any $a,b\in A$, either $a\leq b$ or $b\leq a$.

A set and a partial order on that set define a poset.

Remark. In some literature, especially those dealing with the foundations of mathematics, a partial order $\leq$ is defined as a transitive     irreflexive  binary relation (on a set). As a result, if $a\leq b$, then $b\nleq a$, and therefore $\leq$ is antisymmetric.

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