The ogive is, perhaps, very ancient; and authors dispute as to the anteriority of the Romanesque to the Gothic.
A simple physical mechanism may be a priori, in the sense of anteriority.
This anteriority of nature is a commonplace in philosophy: thus one says that the decrees of God have an order among themselves.
We should here draw a distinction between the two senses of the a priori: anteriority and superiority.
On the other hand, anteriority and posteriority exist in dimension as well as in numbers.
anterior an·te·ri·or (ān-tēr'ē-ər)
Placed before or in front.
Occurring before in time; earlier.
Of or relating to the front surface of the body, especially of the position of one structure relative to another; ventral.
Near the head or rostral end of certain embryos.