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Definition of the adjective a posteriori

What does a posteriori mean as an attribute of a noun?


  1. involving reasoning from facts or particulars to general principles or from effects to causes
  2. requiring evidence for validation or support

Alternative definition of the adjective a posteriori


  1. [logic] Involving deduction of theories from facts.
  2. [linguistics, of a constructed language] Developed on a basis of languages which already exist.

Definition of the adverb a posteriori

What does a posteriori mean as an attribute of something other than a noun?


  1. derived from observed facts

Alternative definition of the adverb a posteriori


  1. [logic] In a manner that deduces theories from facts.


"A posteriori" is a 2006 music album created by the musical project Enigma. It is Enigma's sixth album. In December 2006, the album was nominated in the Best New Age Album category in the 2007 Grammy Awards.


A posteriori: An "a posteriori language", according to Louis Couturat, is any constructed language whose elements are borrowed or based on existing languages, as opposed to the a priori languages.

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Google previewElsevier's Dictionary of Psychological Theories (2006)

by J.E. Roeckelein

A POSTERIORI AND A PRIORI DISTINCTION. Use of the theoretically-related terms a posteriori and a priori originated with the medieval scholastic philosophers of the 14th and 15th centuries, and were popularized later by the 17th century ...

Google previewThe Shorter Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy (2005)

by Edward Craig

A POSTERIORI A prominent term in theory of knowledge since the seventeenth century, 'a posteriori' signifies a kind of knowledge or justification that depends on evidence, or warrant, from sensory experience. A posteriori truth is truth that ...

Google previewThe Descartes Dictionary (2015)

by Kurt Smith

As just noted, Aquinas used the phrase a posteriori to denote a formof reasoning that began with an effect and proceeded to the identifying of thecause or causes of that effect. The phrase denoted the orderofcausal elements in aproof or in an ...

Google previewAn Encyclopedia of Language (2002)

by N.E. Collinge

Itis somewhatironicthat perfectly smoothly functioning a posteriori languages were used by millionsof nonliterate speakers inmany partsofthe worldatatime when the academics ofcentral Europewere tryingtodiscover thesecret ofthe ...

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I hold that the mark of a genuine idea is that its possibility can be proved, either a priori by conceiving its cause or reason, or a posteriori when experience teaches us that it is in fact in nature. (Gottfried Leibniz)
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