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a priori

a priori

pronunciation:
eI praI o ri [or] eI pri o ri [or] a pri o ri
part of speech: adjective
definition 1: proceeding from cause to effect or from the general to the particular; deductive.
a priori reasoning. (Cf. a posteriori.)
antonyms:
a posteriori
definition 2: based on hypothesis, theory, fixed rules, or established forms rather than on experience or experiment.
antonyms:
a posteriori, empirical
definition 3: before or without analysis or examination.