a fortiori

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin ā(from) and fortiōrī, comparative of fortis(strength).

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a fortiori ‎(comparative more a fortiori, superlative most a fortiori)

  1. With stronger or greater reason; as a corollary implied by a stronger claim.

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a fortiori ‎(comparative more a fortiori, superlative most a fortiori)

  1. With stronger or greater reason; as a corollary implied by a stronger claim.
    • 1954: Gilbert Ryle, Dilemmas: The Tarner Lectures, 1953, dilemma vii: Perception, page 103 (The Syndics of the Cambridge University Press)
      Now starting and stopping cannot themselves have starts or stops, or, a fortiori, middles either.
    • Saint Ambrose, De sacramentis, IV, 5-16
      If the word of the Lord Jesus is so powerful as to bring into existence things which were not, then a fortiori those things which already exist can be changed into something else.

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