Definition of "a posteriori" [a• pos•te•ri•o•ri]
- (adjective) Derived by or designating the process of reasoning from facts or particulars to general principles or from effects to causes; inductive; empirical.
- (adjective) Justified by appeal to experience.
- (adjective) Knowable from experience.
- (adjective) relating to or involving inductive reasoning from particular facts or effects to a general principle
- (adjective) derived from or requiring evidence for its validation or support; empirical; open to revision
Use "a posteriori" in a sentence
- "I say special training, meaning, that which takes up the subject scientifically, with a priori, and a posteriori evidence: -- of things not seen -- with homiletical and hermaneutical arrangement, and discussion in sermonizing."
- "But the difficulty is with regard to this preliminary admission, which if challenged -- as it is in fact challenged by Agnostics -- requires to be justified by recurring to the a posteriori argument, i.e. to the inference by way of causality from contingency to self-existence and thence by way of deduction to infinity."
- "Well, Aries Tottle flourished supreme until the advent of one Hog, surnamed the 'Ettrick Shepherd', who preached an entirely different system, which he called the a posteriori or inductive."