a priori /ˌeɪ prʌɪˈɔːrʌɪ, ˌɑː prɪˈɔːri/


I. adjective

relating to or denoting reasoning or knowledge which proceeds from theoretical deduction rather than from observation or experience

a priori assumptions about human nature.
II. adverb

in a way based on theoretical deduction rather than empirical observation

sexuality may be a factor but it cannot be assumed a priori.
III. derivatives

apriorism /eɪˈprʌɪəˌrɪz(ə)m /

– origin late 16th cent.: Latin, ‘from what is before’.

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