Meaning of A POSTERIORI in English


|āˌpäˌstirēˈōrˌī, -ˈȯ.rī; |äˌpäˌsterēˈōr(ˌ)ē, |ȧˌ-, -ˈȯ(ˌ)rē, -i adjective

Etymology: Latin, literally, from the latter

1. : of or relating to the kind of reasoning that derives propositions from the observation of facts or that by generalizations from facts arrives at principles

a posteriori demonstration

— contrasted with a priori

2. : of or relating to what cannot be known except from experience : proved by induction from facts obtained by observation or experiment

a posteriori truth

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