- from a general law to a particular instance; valid independently of observation.Compare a posteriori(def 1).
- existing in the mind prior to and independent of experience, as a faculty or character trait.Compare a posteriori(def 2).
- not based on prior study or examination; nonanalytic: an a priori judgment.
Origin of a priori
Related Words for a prioriderivable, presumptive, rational, supposed, theoretical, inferred, deductive, reasoned
Examples from the Web for a priori
Historical Examples of a priori
But, the conclusion once reached, he stood on it as an a-priori breathing-spot.
Mind, again, as just a-priori principle and basis of all things, is manifestly their universal "Quality."
This is Kant's a-priori synthetical unit, common and necessary to all "things" and to all "experience."
However, it is impossible to arrive at a final definition of intelligence on the basis of a-priori considerations alone.The Measurement of Intelligence
Lewis Madison Terman
The vast majority of the interpretations have been simply due to a-priori prepossessions, which are arbitrary and baseless.The Expositor's Bible: The Book of Daniel
F. W. Farrar
- logic relating to or involving deductive reasoning from a general principle to the expected facts or effects
- logic known to be true independently of or in advance of experience of the subject matter; requiring no evidence for its validation or support
- statistics See prior probability, mathematical probability
Word Origin for a priori
1710, "from cause to effect" (a logical term, in reference to reasoning), Latin, literally "from what comes first," from priori, ablative of prior "first" (see prior (adj.)). Used loosely for "in accordance with previous knowledge" (1834).