[Latin, from an antecedent ]. An a priori
argument is when we deduce a fact from something antecedent, as when we
infer certain effects from given causes. All mathematical proofs are of
the a priori kind, whereas judgments in the law courts are of
the a posteriori evidence; we infer the animus from the
act. (See A Posteriori.)
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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