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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 previewThe Descartes Dictionary (2015)

by Kurt Smith

A posteriori/A priori. These are Latin phrases, which translated mean from whatisor comes later (a posteriori) and from whatisor comes before (a priori). The distinction they express has a long history in philosophy, specifically adistinction ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Research Terms and Issues 2nd Ed

by Dan Remenyi

Term A posteriori Definition Latin term meaning based on evidence or experience. Thus an a posteriori statement is normally based on some empirical type evidence rather than on an assertion only. 2. A priori Latin term meaning from the ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Philosophy of Religion (2010)

by Elsa J. Marty, Charles Taliaferro

A POSTERIORI. Latin, “from later.” A posteriori knowledge stems from experience or observation and so cannot be known beforehand by pure reason or conceptual analysis. We know a posteriori, for example, that Socrates was exein 399 ...

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of Husserl's Philosophy (2007)

by John J. Drummond

The a posteriori is defined by contrast with the a priori. Whereas the a priori is marked by its necessity and universality and its applicability to both possible and actual objects, the a posteriori lacks necessity and universality and is applicable ...

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 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 previewAmerican Philosophy: An Encyclopedia (2008)

by Centennial Professor of Philosophy John Lachs, PH.D, John Lachs, Robert B. Talisse

A A priori/a posteriori: knowledge A priori/a posteriori: method A priori/a posteriori : pragmatic Abduction Absolute Action Actual occasion Actuality Adams, Elie Maynard Adams, Henry Brooks Adaptation Addams and Hull-House, Jane ...

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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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