from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Proceeding from a known or assumed cause to a necessarily related effect; deductive.
- adj. Derived by or designating the process of reasoning without reference to particular facts or experience.
- adj. Knowable without appeal to particular experience.
- adj. Made before or without examination; not supported by factual study.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Known ahead of time.
- adj. Based on hypothesis rather than experiment.
- adj. Self-evident, intuitively obvious
- adj. Presumed without analysis
- adv. In a way based on theoretical deduction rather than empirical observation
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- Characterizing that kind of reasoning which deduces consequences from definitions formed, or principles assumed, or which infers effects from causes previously known; deductive or deductively. The reverse of a posteriori.
- Applied to knowledge and conceptions assumed, or presupposed, as prior to experience, in order to make experience rational or possible.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. From the former; from that which precedes; hence, from antecedent to consequent, from condition to conditioned, or from cause to effect.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. based on hypothesis or theory rather than experiment
- adj. involving deductive reasoning from a general principle to a necessary effect; not supported by fact
- adv. derived by logic, without observed facts
Medieval Latin ā priōrī : Latin ā, from + Latin priōrī, ablative of prior, former.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
First attested in 1710, from Latin, literally from the former, from priori ("former") (Wiktionary)
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