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a fortiori

Subject: Philosophy

(Latin, from the stronger)

Phrase used for ‘all the more’ or ‘even more so’: if all donkeys bray, then a fortiori all young donkeys bray.

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Garner’s Modern English Usage (4 ed.)

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2016
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...of logic, according to this writer, because if a person can take another life, surely one can take one's own.) • “Indeed, human bloodshed even by an animal must be avenged, and, a fortiori , bloodshed by a man's own brother—a clear reference to Cain and Abel.” Leon R. Kass , “A Genealogy of Justice,” Commentary , July 1996 , at 44. (The argument is by greater force of logic because human bloodshed by a brother is more reprehensible.) The phrase is used illogically when the proposition following a fortiori is no stronger than the one preceding it—e.g.:...

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Fowler’s Dictionary of Modern English Usage (4 ed.)

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2015

...a fortiori . Literally ‘from yet firmer (argument)’, i.e. with yet stronger reason, more conclusively , a term used first in logic and then generally, introducing a fact that, if another fact already accepted is true, must also and still more obviously be true ( It could not have been finished in a week; a fortiori not in a day ). Pronounced /eɪ fɔːtɪˈɔːrʌɪ/ (ay for-ti- aw -ry)...

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