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a priori

a pri·o·ri
A a

Transcription

    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ey prahy-awr-ahy, -ohr-ahy, ey pree-awr-ee, -ohr-ee, ah pree-awr-ee, -ohr-ee]
    • /ˌeɪ praɪˈɔr aɪ, -ˈoʊr aɪ, ˌeɪ priˈɔr i, -ˈoʊr i, ˌɑ priˈɔr i, -ˈoʊr i/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ey prahy-awr-ahy, -ohr-ahy, ey pree-awr-ee, -ohr-ee, ah pree-awr-ee, -ohr-ee]
    • /ˌeɪ praɪˈɔr aɪ, -ˈoʊr aɪ, ˌeɪ priˈɔr i, -ˈoʊr i, ˌɑ priˈɔr i, -ˈoʊr i/

Definitions of a priori words

  • adjective a priori An a priori argument, reason, or probability is based on an assumed principle or fact, rather than on actual observed facts. 3
  • adjective a priori A priori is also an adverb. 3
  • adjective a priori relating to or involving deductive reasoning from a general principle to the expected facts or effects 3
  • adjective a priori known to be true independently of or in advance of experience of the subject matter; requiring no evidence for its validation or support 3
  • noun a priori from cause to effect or from a generalization to particular instances; deductive or deductively 3
  • noun a priori based on theory, logic, fixed rules or forms, etc. instead of on experience or experiment 3

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Origin of a priori

First appearance:

before 1645
One of the 44% oldest English words
1645-55; < Latin: literally, from the one before. See a-4, prior1

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Parts of speech for A priori

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation

a priori popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 53% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data about 52% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

a priori usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for a priori

adv a priori

  • derivable — to receive or obtain from a source or origin (usually followed by from).
  • presumptive — affording ground for presumption: presumptive evidence.
  • rational — agreeable to reason; reasonable; sensible: a rational plan for economic development.
  • supposed — assumed as true, regardless of fact; hypothetical: a supposed case.
  • theoretical — of, relating to, or consisting in theory; not practical (distinguished from applied).

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