Dictionary > A posteriori

A posteriori

A posteriori
1. (Science: logic) Characterising that kind of reasoning which derives propositions from the observation of facts, or by generalisations from facts arrives at principles and definitions, or infers causes from effects. this is the reverse of a priori reasoning.
2. (Science: philosophy) Applied to knowledge which is based upon or derived from facts through induction or experiment; inductive or empirical.
Origin: L. a (ab) – posterior latter.

You will also like...

"Cronopio dentiacutus", a prehistoric mammal (an illustration)
Mammalian Ancestors

Mammals are a diverse group of organisms, where most of them develop their offspring within the uterus of the mother. Ov..

A sperm cell fertilizing an ovum
Human Reproduction and Fertilization

For human species to obviate extinction, reproductive mature adults should be producing viable offspring in order to con..

An artistic depiction of Dunkleosteus fish

The sea was teeming with life. Eventually, through reproduction and continued variation, fish came about. There are over..

Mātauranga Māori and Science Collaboration
Mātauranga Māori and Science

Mātauranga Māori is the living knowledge system of the indigenous people of New Zealand, including the relationships t..


Stems primarily provide plants structural support. This tutorial includes lectures on the external form of a woody twig ..

Disturbance on a still water
Abiotic Factors – Water Conditions

A still body of water may be disturbed by a variety of factors. One of them is wind. In fact, it is considered as the pr..