Definition of a fortiori
: with greater reason or more convincing force —used in drawing a conclusion that is inferred to be even more certain than another <the man of prejudice is, a fortiori, a man of limited mental vision>
Origin of a fortiori
New Latin, literally, from the stronger (argument)
First Known Use: 1561
Rhymes with a fortiori
accusatory, admonitory, adulatory, aleatory, ambulatory, amendatory, applicatory, approbatory, celebratory, circulatory, combinatory, commendatory, compensatory, conciliatory, condemnatory, confirmatory, confiscatory, conservatory, consolatory, contributory, copulatory, cosignatory, declamatory, declaratory, dedicatory, defamatory, denigratory, depilatory, depository, derogatory, designatory, dispensatory, divinatory, escalatory, excitatory, exclamatory, exculpatory, excusatory, exhibitory, exhortatory, expiatory, expiratory, explanatory, explicatory, exploratory, expository, expurgatory, incubatory, indicatory, inflammatory, informatory, innovatory, inspiratory, inundatory, invitatory, judicatory, masticatory, masturbatory, memento mori, millefiori, obfuscatory, obligatory, observatory, performatory, persecutory, predicatory, premonitory, prohibitory, reformatory, regulatory, repository, retributory, revelatory, respiratory, salutatory, stipulatory, supplicatory, transmigratory, undulatory
Legal Definition of a fortiori
: all the more certainly : with greater reason : with still more convincing force —used in drawing a conclusion that is thought to be even more certain than another <the evident purpose of the latter statute — to provide a distinct and more severe sentencing scheme for violent habitual offenders — plainly suggests that the Legislature intended it to apply, a fortiori, to murderers as well as to criminals who commit other violent, but less serious, felonies — People v. Jenkins, 893 P.2d 1224 (1995)>
Origin of a fortiori
New Latin, from the stronger (argument)
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