a priori

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

First attested in 1610, from Latin ā priōrī (literally from the former).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): (anglicized) /ˌeɪ pɹaɪˈɔːɹaɪ/, (Latinist) /ˌɑː pɹiˈɔːɹi/
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a priori (comparative more a priori, superlative most a priori)

  1. (logic) Based on hypothesis rather than experiment.
    In his opening argument, the student mentioned nothing beyond his a priori knowledge.
  2. Self-evident, intuitively obvious.
  3. Presumed without analysis.
    • 1996, Jeet Heer, Gravitas, Autumn 1996
      While the great critics drew their authority from the breadth of their reading, New Criterion critics often base their authority on an a priori rejection of the contemporary.
  4. (linguistics, conlanging) Developed entirely from scratch, without deriving it from existing languages.[1]
    • 2012 November 1, Wright, Laura, “UT Language Creation Society invites students to learn origins of newer languages”, in The Daily Texan[1]:
      Conlangers can also create a priori languages, which have no basis in existing languages. You might be familiar with more a priori conlangs than you think: The Klingon language from the television series “Star Trek,” the Na’vi language from the movie “Avatar,” and the Dothraki language from the television series “Game of Thrones” are all examples of a priori languages.

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

  1. (logic) In a way based on theoretical deduction rather than empirical observation.

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  1. ^ Donald J. Harlow, How to Build a Language

French[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin a priori (literally from the former).

Adjective[edit]

a priori (invariable)

  1. intuitively known, a priori

Adverb[edit]

a priori

  1. (informal) at first glance

Noun[edit]

a priori m (plural a prioris)

  1. a preconceived idea

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German[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin a priori (literally from the former).

Adjective[edit]

a priori (not comparable)

  1. a priori

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Adverb[edit]

a priori

  1. a priori

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Italian[edit]

Italian Wikipedia has an article on:
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Etymology[edit]

From Latin a priori (literally from the former).

Adjective[edit]

a priori (invariable)

  1. a priori

Adverb[edit]

a priori

  1. a priori

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Norwegian Bokmål[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Medieval Latin a priori (literally from the former), from a and priori, ablative form of Medieval Latin prior (literally former).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /a.ˈprɪoːrɪ/
  • Rhymes: -oːrɪ
  • Hyphenation: a‧pri‧o‧ri

Adverb[edit]

a priori

  1. (logic, philosophy) a priori; based on hypothesis rather than experiment.
    • 2011 December 23, Morgenbladet, page 9:
      førmoderne samfunn … hvor forskjell ennå ikke betraktes a priori som en mangel
      pre-modern societies… where difference is not yet considered a priori as a deficiency
    viten a priori
    a priori knowledge
  2. presumed without analysis, self-evident, intuitively obvious.
    • 1894, Dagbladet:
      adskillige snes ungdom, som a priori kan henregnes til det overflødige proletariat
      several dozen youth, who a priori can be attributed to the superfluous proletariat
    • 1971, Norsk Filosofisk Tidsskrift:
      to former for apriori innsikt
      two forms of a priori insight
    • 2004, Thea Selliaas Thorsen, Pia Fraus:
      han [vil] ikke a priori utelukke at [sjalusien] kan være noe av årsaken til at han nå drives rundt av en uro
      he [will] not a priori rule out that [jealousy] may be part of the reason why he is now driven around by a turmoil
    a priori kunne man vente at...
    a priori one could expect that...

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Portuguese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin a priori (literally from the former).

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a priori (comparative mais a priori superlative o mais a priori)

  1. (logic) a priori (derived by logic)

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Spanish[edit]

Spanish Wikipedia has an article on:
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Etymology[edit]

From Latin a priori (literally from the former).

Adverb[edit]

a priori

  1. beforehand
  2. (logic, philosophy) a priori

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