One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
adverb & adjective
Used to express a conclusion for which there is stronger evidence than for a previously accepted one.as adverb ‘they reject all absolute ideas of justice, and a fortiori the natural-law position’
- ‘Were it not so, we should have required the a fortiori reasoning for the third degree only.’
- ‘In this way the connexive concept of implication accounts for a necessary presupposition of all conditional and a fortiori logical orientation.’
- ‘What then is the conclusion which in true a fortiori fashion is supposed to follow resoundingly from the weaker premise?’
- ‘There is a fortiori no meaningful content to the ‘proposition’ that such a distance has changed and still more so no meaningful content to the ‘proposition’ that such a distance is changing either at a uniform or at a non-uniform rate’
- ‘That's an argument a fortiori: If something less likely is true, then something more likely will probably be true as well.’
Early 17th century: Latin, from a fortiori argumento ‘from stronger argument’.
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