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[ey-prahy-awr-iz-uh m, -ohr-, ey-pree-, ah-pree-] /ˌeɪ praɪˈɔr ɪz əm, -ˈoʊr-, ˌeɪ pri-, ˌɑ pri-/
noun, Philosophy.
belief in, or reliance upon, a priori reasoning, arguments, or principles.
Origin of apriorism
1870-75; probably translation of Dutch apriorisme. See a priori, -ism
Related forms
apriorist, noun
[ey-prahy-uh-ris-tik] /eɪˌpraɪ əˈrɪs tɪk/ (Show IPA),
aprioristically, adverb Unabridged
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  • Moreover, apriorism has not escaped from the empirical doubt about the future.

    Pragmatism D.L. Murray
  • Empiricism has never succeeded in accounting for this apriorism and necessity.

  • It is comparatively easy at the present time in moral theory to slam both hedonism and apriorism.

  • If a third explanation can be thought of, it will not follow that apriorism is true.

    Pragmatism D.L. Murray
  • But does it follow from the failure of empiricism that apriorism is true?

    Pragmatism D.L. Murray
  • apriorism and skepticism define the great difference in the attitude toward the witness.

    Criminal Psychology Hans Gross
British Dictionary definitions for apriorism


the philosophical doctrine that there may be genuine knowledge independent of experience Compare rationalism (sense 2), sensationalism (sense 3)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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