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a fortiori

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adverb a for·ti·o·ri \ˌā-ˌfȯr-shē-ˈȯr-ˌī, ˌä-ˌfȯr-shē-ˈȯr-ē, -ˌfȯr-tē-\

Definition of a fortiori

  1. :  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>




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a fortiori

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adverb a for·ti·o·ri \ˌā-ˌfȯr-shē-ˈōr-ˌī, ˌä-ˌfȯr-shē-ˈōr-ē, -ˌfȯr-tē-\

Legal Definition of a fortiori

  1. :  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 and Etymology of a fortiori

New Latin, from the stronger (argument)


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