a priori assumption

a priori assumption

(ah pree ory) n. from Latin, an assumption that is true without further proof or need to prove it. It is assumed the sun will come up tomorrow. However, it has a negative side: an a priori assumption made without question on the basis that no analysis or study is necessary, can be mental laziness when the reality is not so certain.

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One also notes that the author is burdened with a priori assumptions, often undermined by her own findings (or those of others).
So the success (or not) of a Jewish state fulfilling his normative goal of democracy "is a question to be answered by observation, not by plays on words or a priori assumptions" (4).
In The Season, Will more clearly reveals than in any other work that his analysis flows from a priori assumptions. Almost invariably, his conclusions are imposed at the beginning; his logic, or more accurately, his logic-chopping, follows.