Meaning of A PRIORI in English

A PRIORI

Pronunciation: ˌ ä-pr ē - ' o ̇ r- ē , ˌ a-; ˌ ā -( ˌ )pr ī - ' o ̇ r- ˌ ī , - ˌ pr ē - ' o ̇ r- ē

Function: adjective

Etymology: L, literally, from the former

Date: 1652

1 a : DEDUCTIVE b : relating to or derived by reasoning from self-evident propositions ― compare A POSTERIORI c : presupposed by experience

2 a : being without examination or analysis : PRESUMPTIVE b : formed or conceived beforehand

– a priori adverb

– apri · or · i · ty \ - ' o ̇ r- ə -t ē \ noun

Merriam Webster Collegiate English Dictionary.      Merriam Webster - Энциклопедический словарь английского языка.