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Meaning of A POSTERIORI

Pronunciation:  `ey pâ`steeree'owree

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [adv]  derived form observed facts
  2. [adj]  involving reasoning from facts or particulars to general principals or from effects to causes; "a posteriori demonstration"
  3. [adj]  requiring evidence for validation or support
 
 Synonyms: empirical
 
 Antonyms: a priori, a priori
 
 See Also: inductive, synthetic, synthetical

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\A` pos*te`ri*o"ri\ [L. a (ab) + posterior latter.]
1. (Logic) Characterizing that kind of reasoning which
   derives propositions from the observation of facts, or by
   generalizations from facts arrives at principles and
   definitions, or infers causes from effects. This is the
   reverse of a priori reasoning.

2. (Philos.) Applied to knowledge which is based upon or
   derived from facts through induction or experiment;
   inductive or empirical.

 

 

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