Meaning of A PRIORI in English


adj. & adv.

adj. 1 (of reasoning) deductive; proceeding from causes to effects (opp. A POSTERIORI). 2 (of concepts, knowledge, etc.) logically independent of experience; not derived from experience (opp. EMPIRICAL). 3 not submitted to critical investigation (an a priori conjecture).

adv. 1 in an a priori manner. 2 as far as one knows; presumptively. apriorism n.

[ L, = from what is before ]

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