a fortiori

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (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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