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a posteriori

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adjective a pos·te·ri·o·ri \ˌä-(ˌ)pō-ˌstir-ē-ˈȯr-ē, -ˌster-; ˌā-(ˌ)pä-ˌstir-ē-ˈȯr-ˌī, -(ˌ)pō-, -ˈȯr-ē\

Simple Definition of a posteriori

  • : relating to what can be known by observation rather than through an understanding of how certain things work

Full Definition of a posteriori

  1. 1 :  inductive

  2. 2 :  relating to or derived by reasoning from observed facts — compare a priori

a posteriori adverb

Origin of a posteriori

Latin, literally, from the latter


First Known Use: 1588


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