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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Derived by or designating the process of reasoning from facts or particulars to general principles or from effects to causes; inductive; empirical.
  • adj. Justified by appeal to experience.
  • adj. Knowable from experience.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Involving deduction of theories from facts.
  • adv. In a manner that deduces theories from facts.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Characterizing that kind of reasoning which derives propositions from the observation of facts, or by generalizations from facts arrives at principles and definitions, or infers causes from effects. This is the reverse of a priori reasoning.
  • Applied to knowledge which is based upon or derived from facts through induction or experiment; inductive or empirical.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Literally, from the latter or subsequent; hence, in logic, from a consequent to its antecedent, or from an effect to its cause: used of reasoning which follows this order, formerly called demonstratio quia, or imperfect demonstration.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. requiring evidence for validation or support
  • adv. derived from observed facts
  • adj. involving reasoning from facts or particulars to general principles or from effects to causes

Etymologies

Medieval Latin : Latin a, from + Latin posterior─ź, ablative of posterior, later.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Borrowed from Latin (Wiktionary)

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