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I am trying to build my vacabulary. I have come accross the word "a priori". I went through the meaning of the word in dictionaries but still not able to understand it properly. Here I found the meaning on this link http://www.collinsdictionary.com/dic...glish/a-priori Please help me to understand this word with example usage.
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Welcome to the forum, dg11.
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I am not a teacher.
"A priori" is very commonly used in French where it has exactly the same literal meaning as in English.
Due to overuse it has almost come to mean "at first glance", (as an adverb that is).
"17th century Rationalists such as Descartes held that one could accept certain 'truths' a priori, eg. that a God existed. In contrast, the Empiricists, such as Locke and Hume, insisted on a posteriori knowledge; that is, a 'truth' had to be demonstated empirically before being accepted.
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Thanks for help. I will try to improve.
You should at least read the wikipedia article before coming to us.
At the end thanks for the people who wanted to help me.