from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- adjective Proceeding from a known or assumed cause to a necessarily related effect; deductive.
- adjective Derived by or designating the process of reasoning without reference to particular facts or experience.
- adjective Knowable without appeal to particular experience.
- adjective Made before or without examination; not supported by factual study.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun From the former; from that which precedes; hence, from antecedent to consequent, from condition to conditioned, or from cause to effect.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- (Logic) Characterizing that kind of reasoning which deduces consequences from definitions formed, or principles assumed, or which infers effects from causes previously known; deductive or deductively. The reverse of
- (Philos.) Applied to knowledge and conceptions assumed, or presupposed, as prior to experience, in order to make experience rational or possible.
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- adjective law Known ahead of time.
- adjective logic Based on
hypothesisrather than experiment.
- adverb logic In a way based on theoretical deduction rather than empirical observation
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adjective based on hypothesis or theory rather than experiment
- adjective involving deductive reasoning from a general principle to a necessary effect; not supported by fact
- adverb derived by logic, without observed facts
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
[Medieval Latin ā priōrī : Latin ā, from + Latin priōrī, ablative of prior, former.]
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First attested in 1710, from Latin, literally from the former, from priori ("former")
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