Definition of "a priori" [a• pri•o•ri]
- (adjective) Proceeding from a known or assumed cause to a necessarily related effect; deductive.
- (adjective) Derived by or designating the process of reasoning without reference to particular facts or experience.
- (adjective) Knowable without appeal to particular experience.
- (adjective) Made before or without examination; not supported by factual study.
- (adjective) relating to or involving deductive reasoning from a general principle to the expected facts or effects
- (adjective) known to be true independently of or in advance of experience of the subject matter; requiring no evidence for its validation or support
Use "a priori" in a sentence
- "Yet this rational group-formation can be disrupted under certain circumstances, since it is not of an a priori character."
- "It seems impossible to deny an a priori fighting instinct, especially if one keeps in mind the incredibly picayunish, even silly, occasions of the most serious conflicts."
- "As to whether it “certainly should not” mean this, does Mr. Slatin mean an a priori certainty deducible from the deep structure of the language itself or an observational certainty based on universally accepted, peer-reviewed, reproducible results obtained under controlled conditions?"