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A PRIORI

 Dictionary entry overview: What does a priori mean? 

A PRIORI (adjective)
  The adjective A PRIORI has 2 senses:

1. involving deductive reasoning from a general principle to a necessary effect; not supported by fact
2. based on hypothesis or theory rather than experiment

  Familiarity information: A PRIORI used as an adjective is rare.


A PRIORI (adverb)
  The adverb A PRIORI has 1 sense:

1. derived by logic, without observed facts

  Familiarity information: A PRIORI used as an adverb is very rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


A PRIORI (adjective)


Sense 1a priori [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Involving deductive reasoning from a general principle to a necessary effect; not supported by fact

Context example:

an a priori judgment

Also:

analytic; analytical (of a proposition that is necessarily true independent of fact or experience)

deductive (involving inferences from general principles)

Antonym:

a posteriori (involving reasoning from facts or particulars to general principals or from effects to causes)


Sense 2a priori [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Based on hypothesis or theory rather than experiment

Similar:

theoretic; theoretical (concerned primarily with theories or hypotheses rather than practical considerations)


A PRIORI (adverb)


Sense 1a priori [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Derived by logic, without observed facts

Antonym:

a posteriori (derived from observed facts)


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