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a pos·te·ri·o·ri

 (ä′ pŏ-stîr′ē-ôr′ē, -ôr′ī, ā′)
adj.
1. Derived by or designating the process of reasoning from facts or particulars to general principles or from effects to causes; inductive; empirical.
2.
a. Justified by appeal to experience.
b. Knowable from experience.

[Medieval Latin ā posteriōrī : Latin ā, from + Latin posteriōrī, ablative of posterior, later.]

a′ pos·te′ri·o′ri adv.

a posteriori

(eɪ pɒsˌtɛrɪˈɔːraɪ; -rɪ; ɑː)
adj
1. (Logic) relating to or involving inductive reasoning from particular facts or effects to a general principle
2. (Logic) derived from or requiring evidence for its validation or support; empirical; open to revision
3. (Statistics) statistics See posterior probability
[C18: from Latin, literally: from the latter (that is, from effect to cause)]

a pos•te•ri•o•ri

(ˌeɪ pɒˌstɪər iˈɔr aɪ, -ˈoʊr aɪ, -ˈɔr i, -ˈoʊr i)
adj.
1. from particular instances to a general principle or law; based on observation or experiment. Compare a priori (def. 1).
2. not existing in the mind prior to or apart from experience.
[1615–25; < Latin: literally, from the one behind]

a posteriori

the process of reasoning from effect to cause, based upon observation.
See also: Logic
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.a posteriori - involving reasoning from facts or particulars to general principles or from effects to causes; "a posteriori demonstration"
synthetical, synthetic - of a proposition whose truth value is determined by observation or facts; "`all men are arrogant' is a synthetic proposition"
inductive - of reasoning; proceeding from particular facts to a general conclusion; "inductive reasoning"
a priori - involving deductive reasoning from a general principle to a necessary effect; not supported by fact; "an a priori judgment"
2.a posteriori - requiring evidence for validation or support
empirical, empiric - derived from experiment and observation rather than theory; "an empirical basis for an ethical theory"; "empirical laws"; "empirical data"; "an empirical treatment of a disease about which little is known"
Adv.1.a posteriori - derived from observed facts
a priori - derived by logic, without observed facts
Translations

a posteriori

[ˈeɪpɒsˌterɪˈɔːraɪ] ADJ & ADVa posteriori

a posteriori

adva posteriori
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Do A Posteriori Physicalists Get Our Phenomenal Concepts Wrong?
Consisting of thirty-six gelatin-silver prints and twelve pen-and-ink drawings mounted together on a board, his solution collapses drawing and photography--the a priori design and a posteriori document--in what amounts to a microcosm of the entire exhibition, an exhibition in which drawing and photography confront each other not as opposite ends of a mental trajectory running from concept to record but as each other's thoroughly entangled negative and positive.
In a second section of Disputation 29, Suarez asks whether it can be shown in an a posteriori way that.