a fortiori

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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

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  • (Latinized) IPA(key): /ˈɑː fɔːɹtɪˈoʊɹiː/
  • (US, Eastern New England) IPA(key): /ˈeɪ fɔɹʃˈjɔˑɹaɪ/

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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.

Adverb[edit]

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, “dilemma vii: Perception”, in Dilemmas: The Tarner Lectures, 1953, The Syndics of the Cambridge University Press, page 103:
      Now starting and stopping cannot themselves have starts or stops, or, a fortiori, middles either.
    • 2011, Mortimer Jerome Adler, How to Prove There Is a God:
      We're bound to accept an a fortiori claim because of our prior acceptance of a weaker application of the same reasoning. Frank can't run to the store in less than five minutes, and the restaurant is several blocks further away than the store. Thus, a fortiori, Frank can't run to the restaurant in less than five minutes.

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Adverb[edit]

a fortiori

  1. a fortiori (A form of argumentation that draws upon existing confidence in a proposition to argue in favor of a second proposition that is held to be implicit in, and even more certain than, the first.)
    Synonym: à plus forte raison

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Etymology[edit]

From both Latin ā (from, away from, out of), alternative form of ab (from, away from, out of, down from) by apocope (not used before a vowel or h), from Proto-Italic *ab, from Proto-Indo-European *h₂epó (off, away), and from fortiōrī, comparative of fortis (strong), from Proto-Italic *forktis, from Proto-Indo-European *bʰerǵʰ- (to rise, high, hill).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ɑː.fɔrtɪˈoːrɪ/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -oːrɪ
  • Hyphenation: a‧for‧ti‧o‧ri

Adverb[edit]

a fortiori

  1. (rhetoric, logic) a fortiori (with stronger or greater reason; as a corollary implied by a stronger claim.)
    • 1933, Samtiden, page 169:
      Norge … har vært forpliktet til ikke å bestride den danske suverenitet over hele Grønland og à fortiori til å avholde sig fra å okkupere en del av landet
      Norway… has been obliged not to contest the Danish sovereignty over the whole of Greenland and a fortiori to refrain from occupying part of the country
    • 1997, Espen Schaanning, Vitenskap som skapt viten, page 298:
      hvis man … kan vise at fengslet faktisk ikke er så gjennomsyret av disiplinformer som Foucault vil ha det til, så faller følgelig også a fortiori påstanden om at samfunnet skulle være disiplinært
      if one… can show that the prison is in fact not as permeated by forms of discipline as Foucault wants it to be, then consequently also falls a fortiori the claim that society should be disciplinary
    • 2008 June 20, Morgenbladet, page 22:
      de kan ikke a fortiori – desto mer – utelukke å finne semantisk innhold også i religiøse ytringer
      they cannot a fortiori - all the more - exclude finding semantic content also in religious utterances
    begrepet «a fortiori» anvendes i matematiske og logiske argumenter, hvis f.eks. a er større enn b og b større enn c, så er «a fortiori» a større enn c
    the term «a fortiori» is used in mathematical and logical arguments, if e.g. a is greater than b and b greater than c, then «a fortiori» a is greater than c

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