Definitions for a prioriˌeɪ praɪˈɔr aɪ, -ˈoʊr aɪ, ˌeɪ priˈɔr i, -ˈoʊr i, ˌɑ priˈɔr i, -ˈoʊr i

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

a pri•o•riˌeɪ praɪˈɔr aɪ, -ˈoʊr aɪ, ˌeɪ priˈɔr i, -ˈoʊr i, ˌɑ priˈɔr i, -ˈoʊr i(adj.)

  1. from a general law to a particular instance; valid independently of observation.

    Category: Philosphy

    Ref: Compare a posteriori (def. 1). 1

  2. existing in the mind independent of experience.

    Category: Philosphy

  3. conceived beforehand.

    Category: Philosphy

Origin of a priori:

1645–55; < L: lit., from the one before. See a -4, prior1

a•pri•or•i•ty-ˈɔr ɪ ti -ˈɒr-(n.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. a priori(adj)

    involving deductive reasoning from a general principle to a necessary effect; not supported by fact

    "an a priori judgment"

  2. a priori(adverb)

    based on hypothesis or theory rather than experiment

  3. a priori(adverb)

    derived by logic, without observed facts

Wiktionary

  1. a priori(Adverb)

    In a way based on theoretical deduction rather than empirical observation

  2. a priori(Adjective)

    Known ahead of time.

  3. a priori(Adjective)

    Based on hypothesis rather than experiment.

  4. a priori(Adjective)

    Self-evident, intuitively obvious

  5. a priori(Adjective)

    Presumed without analysis

  6. a priori(Adjective)

    Developed entirely from scratch, without deriving it from existing languages.

Webster Dictionary

  1. A priori

    characterizing that kind of reasoning which deduces consequences from definitions formed, or principles assumed, or which infers effects from causes previously known; deductive or deductively. The reverse of a posteriori

  2. A priori

    applied to knowledge and conceptions assumed, or presupposed, as prior to experience, in order to make experience rational or possible

Freebase

  1. A priori

    An a priori language is any constructed language whose vocabulary is not based on existing languages, unlike a posteriori constructed languages. Examples of a priori languages include Ro, Solresol, Mirad, Klingon, Na'vi and High Valyrian. By contrast, a posteriori languages are ones whose vocabulary is based on existing languages, either as a variation of one language or as a mixture of various languages. Some a priori languages are designed to be international auxiliary languages that remove what could be considered an unfair learning advantage for native speakers of a source language that would otherwise exist for a posteriori languages. Some a priori languages try to categorize their vocabulary, either to express an underlying philosophy or to make it easier to recognize new vocabulary. These are also known as philosophical or taxonomic languages.

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