Definitions for a posterioriˌeɪ pɒˌstɪər iˈɔr aɪ, -ˈoʊr aɪ, -ˈɔr i, -ˈoʊr i
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a pos•te•ri•o•riˌeɪ pɒˌstɪər iˈɔr aɪ, -ˈoʊr aɪ, -ˈɔr i, -ˈoʊr i(adj.)
from particular instances to a general principle or law; based on observation or experiment.
Ref: Compare a priori (def. 1).
not existing in the mind prior to or apart from experience.
Origin of a posteriori:
1615–25; < L: lit., from the one behind
involving reasoning from facts or particulars to general principles or from effects to causes
"a posteriori demonstration"
requiring evidence for validation or support
derived from observed facts
In a manner that deduces theories from facts.
Involving deduction of theories from facts.
Developed on a basis of languages which already exist.
Origin: Borrowed from
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
applied to knowledge which is based upon or derived from facts through induction or experiment; inductive or empirical
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