a priori
Pronunciation
  • IPA: /ˌeɪ pɹaɪˈɔːɹaɪ/, /ˌɑː pɹiˈɔːɹi/
Adjective

a priori

  1. (logic) Based on hypothesis rather than experiment.
    In his opening argument, the student mentioned nothing beyond his a priori knowledge.
  2. Self-evident, intuitively obvious.
  3. Presumed without analysis.
    • 1996, Jeet Heer, Gravitas, Autumn 1996 ↗
      While the great critics drew their authority from the breadth of their reading, New Criterion critics often base their authority on an a priori rejection of the contemporary.
  4. (linguistics, of a constructed language) Developed entirely from scratch, without deriving it from existing languages.
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a priori

  1. (logic) In a way based on theoretical deduction rather than empirical observation.
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