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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...

A multo fortiori

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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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(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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