ALL meanings of a priori

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  • 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
  • noun a priori before examination or analysis 3
  • adjective a priori hypothetical, deductive 1
  • adverb a priori by deduction 1
  • adjective a priori accepted without question 1
  • adjective a priori from a general law to a particular instance; valid independently of observation. Compare a posteriori (def 1). 1
  • adjective a priori existing in the mind prior to and independent of experience, as a faculty or character trait. Compare a posteriori (def 2). 1
  • adjective a priori not based on prior study or examination; nonanalytic: an a priori judgment. 1
  • adjective a priori (logic) Based on hypothesis rather than experiment. 0
  • adjective a priori Self-evident, intuitively obvious. 0
  • adjective a priori Presumed without analysis. 0
  • adjective a priori (linguistics, of a constructed language) Developed entirely from scratch, without deriving it from existing languages. 0
  • adverb a priori (logic) In a way based on theoretical deduction rather than empirical observation. 0
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