One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Relating to or denoting reasoning or knowledge which proceeds from theoretical deduction rather than from observation or experience.‘a priori assumptions about human nature’
theoretical, deduced, deductive, inferred, scientificView synonyms
- ‘This conclusion is not, however, a complete vindication of his early scepticism: for the a priori / empirical distinction, which he sought to bring down as well, is both defensible and worth defending.’
- ‘The goal is to make a priori statements about the adversary's behavior which will include all kinds of adversaries, even those never seen.’
- ‘Historically the a priori / a posteriori distinction has been closely associated with that between the innate and the learned.’
- ‘In the absence of a clear characterization of the a priori / a posteriori distinction, it is by no means obvious what is being asserted or what is being denied.’
- ‘And, as seen earlier in connection with his ‘logic’, his concepts of demonstration and proof straddle the a priori / a posteriori distinction.’
- ‘I'm not suggesting we make a priori assumptions about them with everything, but what I am saying is that the ways they seek to accomplish their goals are often contrary to what the organization stands for.’
- ‘So, we will have to make a priori assumptions.’
In a way based on theoretical deduction rather than empirical observation.‘sexuality may be a factor but it cannot be assumed a priori’
theoretically, from theory, deductively, scientificallyView synonyms
- ‘‘It is difficult to conclude a priori that teeth which spontaneously pit are stronger teeth.’’
- ‘This much of the theory's content can be specified, so to speak, a priori, before taking physical contingencies into account.’
- ‘I argue that an ethical critique is implicit in his objections to any attempt to speak a priori about language and thought.’
Late 16th century: Latin, ‘from what is before’.
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