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A Priori

[Latin, From the cause to the effect.]

This phrase refers to a type of reasoning that examines given general principles to discover what particular facts or real-life observations can be derived from them. Another name for this method is deductive reasoning.

a priori

adverb accordingly, as a consequence, as a reeult of, as is, because of this, by reason of, consequently, deductively, derivatively, doubtlessly, ergo, ex connesso, for that reason, for this reason, for which reason, from a general law to a particular instance, from cause to effect, from that cause, from this cause, in consequence, inferentially, on account of this, on that account, on that ground, proceeding from antecedent to consequent, thusly, to that end
See also: analytical, axiomatic, discursive
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The advocate of minimalism about truth is committed to showing that various theoretical presuppositions of traditional substantial theories of truth are misguided, and one of the main aims of the deflationist about meaning is to eliminate unduly restrictive construals of the constraints that have all too often been imposed upon a satisfactory theory of meaning (the constraints that concern, respectively, understanding, relationality, aprioricity, compositionality, and normativity of meaning, as well as its referential character).