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a fortiori

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(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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The Oxford Dictionary of Philosophy (3 ed.)

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

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The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Mathematics (5 ed.)

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... fortiori From the Latin, meaning ‘with even stronger reason’, this is often used to refer to a general statement from which another follows immediately; for example, since 11 is a prime number, it is a fortiori not divisible by...

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Garner’s Modern English Usage (4 ed.)

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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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Guide to Latin in International Law

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... fortiori a fōrtēō´rē . ā- or a fōršō´rī . adv. “From the stronger.” Even more so; by the same logic, to an even greater degree. E.g. , “The fact that in this particular case the Parties could not even agree upon the applicable legal rules shows that a fortiori they could not agree on any particular [maritime delimitation] line which might follow from the application of appropriate rules.” Barbados v. Republic of Trinidad & Tobago , Permanent Ct. of Arb., Award of Apr. 11, 2006 , ¶ 198, 45 I.L.M. 800, 833 ( 2006 ). Compare with A multo fortiori...

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A Dictionary of Construction, Surveying and Civil Engineering

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... fortiori argument Latin term used in law to show that the case being presented falls well within the scope of something that has gone before, thus there is even greater reason that the situation under examination should be treated with at least the same consideration. The situation can be treated as a maiore ad minus e.g. if the situation applies to a large group then it should also hold true for a smaller group or if 8 m 3 of concrete is contained in a dumper then 6 m 3 would also fit into the same dumper. Alternatively, but less common, a minor ad...

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Guide to Latin in International Law

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... multo fortiori a mūl´tō fōrtēō´rē . ā- or a mɜl´tō fōršō´rī . adv. “From the much stronger.” Even more so to a much greater degree; by the same reasoning leading to a much more compelling argument. Compare with A fortiori...

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New Oxford Rhyming Dictionary (2 ed.)

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... fortiori • panfry • certiorari • spray-dry • papyri • a fortiori , a posteriori, a priori, memento mori, sori, thesauri, tori • outcry • blow-dry • samurai • caravanserai •...

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The Oxford Essential Dictionary of Foreign Terms in English

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... fortiori adverb phrase E17 Latin . With yet stronger reason; more conclusively; even more...

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

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...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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Oxford Business Spanish Dictionary: English-Spanish

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The Canadian Oxford Dictionary (2 ed.)

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2005
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Oxford Dictionary of English (3 ed.)

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New Oxford American Dictionary (3 ed.)

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Australian Oxford Dictionary (2 ed.)

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2004
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The New Zealand Oxford Dictionary

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(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.
topos

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A standard form of rhetorical argumentation or a variably expressible literary commonplace. In classical rhetoric, inventio helps the orator to find elements of persuasion: topoi or locī are both the ...
moral particularism

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The Oxford Companion to Philosophy (2 ed.)

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2005
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...But they can serve only as rules of thumb; the moral aspects of a particular situation are not constructed out of relations between its non-moral features and relevant principles. Particularists tend to base their view on the claim that what is a moral reason in one case may be an opposite reason, or no reason at all, in another—a sort of moral reasons-holism. They argue for this either by appeal to examples, or by trying to show that this sort of holism is true of all reasons, and a fortiori of moral ones. Prof. Jonathan Dancy B. W. Hooker and M. Little ...

Extra ecclesiam nulla salus (est)

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The Concise Oxford Dictionary of World Religions

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2003
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...and apostolic Church, outside of which there is neither salvation nor remission of sins’, and that ‘it is altogether necessary to salvation for every human creature to be subject to the Roman pontiff’. The bull mentions specifically ‘the Greeks’ (i.e. the Greek Orthodox): a fortiori , those in other religions must be in equally great peril. The apparent severity to non-Christians and non-Catholics is modified by invincible ignorance . This caution issued in the teaching of Vatican II (especially Lumen Gentium ) that those who live by conscience outside...

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A Dictionary of Logic

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...two rules is found in the fact that the grounds for asserting a conjunction —that and hold—are precisely what may be inferred from . A fortiori , anything that can be derived from can be derived from the joint appearance of and . Proof-theoretic harmony has been essential in one way of making precise the defect of logician Arthur Prior’s ( 1914–1969 ) connective tonk, which has the following rules: The converse to harmony is stability , the condition that the grounds under which a complex formula is introduced can always be recovered by means of...

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