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OTHER WORDS FROM a prioria·pri·or·i·ty [ey-prahy-awr-i-tee, -or-], /ˌeɪ praɪˈɔr ɪ ti, -ˈɒr-/, noun
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What does a priori mean?
A priori is a term applied to knowledge considered to be true without being based on previous experience or observation. In this sense, a priori describes knowledge that requires no evidence.
A priori comes from Latin and literally translates as “from the previous” or “from the one before.”
It’s often applied to things involving deductive reasoning, which uses general principles to arrive at specific facts or conclusions (from cause to effect).
It can be used as an adjective, as in a priori knowledge, or as an adverb, as in We shouldn’t assume a priori that this is true.
A priori contrasts with a posteriori, which literally translates as “from the latter” or “from the one behind” and is applied to things that are based on experience, observation, or existing data. A posteriori is applied to things that involve inductive reasoning, which uses specific instances to arrive at a general principle or law (from effect to cause).
Both a priori and a posteriori are used in the context of reasoning and philosophy, especially epistemology, which is the philosophical study of knowledge. Both can also be used generally, though they’re often used formally.
Example: Any proposition considered to be a priori knowledge should be carefully examined for bias.
Where does a priori come from?
The first records of the use of a priori in English come from the mid-1600s. The first part, a, means “from,” and priori means “previous” (the English words prior and priority are based on the same root).
The terms a priori and a posteriori were popularized by philosopher Immanuel Kant in his influential 1781 book Critique of Pure Reason, which focuses on the distinction between empirical and non-empirical knowledge.
A priori knowledge is independent of experience, while a posteriori knowledge is derived from experience or observation. Things that are claimed to be true a priori are often thought to be self-evident, while those claimed to be true a posteriori are based on what has been experienced or demonstrated to be true.
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- apriority (noun)
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How is a priori used in real life?
A priori is primarily used in philosophy, but is also occasionally used in general conversation and writing.
My break up with someone’s son showed me that we had no business trying again. Lessons about love can only be a posteriori never a priori.
— Zinhle ka’Nobuhlaluse (@ConflictedBlkW) March 26, 2020
The lesson (I think?): Different kids need different things in different areas right now. It’s not compassionate to a priori assume challenging them academically now is inherently harmful. Some intellectual fires may be lit during quarantine. Can schools still provide the sparks?
— Travis Pillow (@travispillow) March 29, 2020
“The day, the living day, the actual moment, the pang of real life, — to be faithful to this, one must always pay attention, one must never dismiss anything a priori as too trivial.”
Gorgeous forgotten gem: https://t.co/hNngIJ5LCe
— Maria Popova (@brainpicker) June 17, 2020
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A priori knowledge is based on experience.
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By the time it concluded with a sing-a-long of “XO,” Beyoncé had done the rare thing.Bow Down, Bitches: How Beyoncé Turned an Elevator Brawl Into a Perfect Year|Kevin Fallon|December 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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Now-a-days it is the bankrupt who flouts, and his too confiding creditors who are jeered and laughed at.Glances at Europe|Horace Greeley
He felt himself the meanest, vilest thing a-crawl upon this sinful earth, and she—dear God!St. Martin's Summer|Rafael Sabatini
All that scientific bric-a-brac in the cupboard had far better be thrown away.The Salvaging Of Civilisation|H. G. (Herbert George) Wells
Urinary sediments may be studied under three heads: A. Unorganized sediments.A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis|James Campbell Todd
I knowed, a-course, that I could go kick up a fuss when Simpson stopped by his office on his trip back from Goldstone.Alec Lloyd, Cowpuncher|Eleanor Gates