Definitions for a posterioriˌeɪ pɒˌstɪər iˈɔr aɪ, -ˈoʊr aɪ, -ˈɔr i, -ˈoʊr i

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

a pos•te•ri•o•riˌeɪ pɒˌstɪər iˈɔr aɪ, -ˈoʊr aɪ, -ˈɔr i, -ˈoʊr i(adj.)

  1. from particular instances to a general principle or law; based on observation or experiment.

    Category: Philosphy

    Ref: Compare a priori (def. 1).

  2. not existing in the mind prior to or apart from experience.

Origin of a posteriori:

1615–25; < L: lit., from the one behind

Princeton's WordNet

  1. a posteriori(adj)

    involving reasoning from facts or particulars to general principles or from effects to causes

    "a posteriori demonstration"

  2. a posteriori(adverb)

    requiring evidence for validation or support

  3. a posteriori(adverb)

    derived from observed facts


  1. a posteriori(Adverb)

    In a manner that deduces theories from facts.

  2. a posteriori(Adjective)

    Involving deduction of theories from facts.

  3. a posteriori(Adjective)

    Developed on a basis of languages which already exist.

  4. Origin: Borrowed from

Webster Dictionary

  1. A posteriori

    characterizing that kind of reasoning which derives propositions from the observation of facts, or by generalizations from facts arrives at principles and definitions, or infers causes from effects. This is the reverse of a priori reasoning

  2. A posteriori

    applied to knowledge which is based upon or derived from facts through induction or experiment; inductive or empirical


  1. A posteriori

    A Posteriori is a 2006 music album created by the musical project Enigma. It is Enigma's sixth album. In December 2006, the album was nominated in the Best New Age Album category in the 2007 Grammy Awards. While the previous album, Voyageur, contained minimal amounts of the project's signature sounds, A posteriori only contains the signature "Enigma horn" during the opening minute of the album, and even then it is a fleeting glimpse. Coupled with the album's subject matter of the collision of the Milky Way and Andromeda galaxies, A posteriori is, compared to earlier releases, stark and foreboding.


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