a priori definition

  • adjective:
    • Proceeding from a known or thought cause to a necessarily relevant effect; deductive.
    • Derived by or designating the entire process of reasoning without reference to certain details or experience.
    • Knowable without appeal to certain experience.
    • created before or without assessment; maybe not sustained by factual study.
    • understood beforehand.
    • centered on hypothesis as opposed to experiment.
    • Self-evident, intuitively obvious
    • Presumed without evaluation
    • according to hypothesis or theory as opposed to experiment
    • involving deductive thinking from a broad concept to a necessary effect; maybe not supported by fact
  • adverb:
    • In a way predicated on theoretical deduction without empirical observance
    • derived by reasoning, without observed details
  • others:
    • Characterizing that variety of reasoning which deduces effects from definitions formed, or axioms believed, or which infers results from reasons previously understood; deductive or deductively. The reverse of a posteriori.
    • Applied to knowledge and conceptions believed, or presupposed, as ahead of experience, so as to make experience rational or possible.
  • noun:
    • from previous; from whatever precedes; therefore, from antecedent to consequent, from condition to trained, or from cause to impact.

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