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a priori
American English: /ˌeɪ praɪˈɔraɪ/
British English: /ˌeɪ prʌɪˈɔːrʌɪ/
, /ˌɑː prɪˈɔːri/

Translation of a priori in Spanish:

adjective, adverb

  • Example sentences
    • And, as seen earlier in connection with his ‘logic’, his concepts of demonstration and proof straddle the a priori / a posteriori distinction.
    • Historically the a priori / a posteriori distinction has been closely associated with that between the innate and the learned.
    • This conclusion is not, however, a complete vindication of his early scepticism: for the a priori / empirical distinction, which he sought to bring down as well, is both defensible and worth defending.
    Example sentences
    • I argue that an ethical critique is implicit in his objections to any attempt to speak a priori about language and thought.
    • This much of the theory's content can be specified, so to speak, a priori, before taking physical contingencies into account.
    • ‘It is difficult to conclude a priori that teeth which spontaneously pit are stronger teeth.’

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