(ā′ päs tir′ē ôr′ī′, -ôr′ē)
- from effect to cause, or from particular instances to a generalization; inductive or inductively
- based on observation or experience; empirical
L, lit., from what comes later < a, ab, from + posteriori, abl. of posterior: see posterior
See a posteriori in American Heritage Dictionary 4
- Derived by or designating the process of reasoning from facts or particulars to general principles or from effects to causes; inductive; empirical.
a. Justified by appeal to experience.
b. Knowable from experience.
Origin: Medieval Latin
Origin: : Latin a, from
Origin: + Latin posteriorī
Origin: , ablative of posterior, later
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