Sunday, May 1, 2011

a fortiori

a fortiori [ɑ ˌfoʊrtɪˈoʊri] adv.



1.) For a still stronger reason; all the more (American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language).

Etymology: Latin : a, ab, from + fortiori, ablative of fortior, stronger.

"Of course one way of putting the deterministic case is to say that we are never really able to choose at all (and a fortiori never able to choose freely), and that this is so simply because we are determined. But it is much better to put the determinist case by saying that although we are certainly able to make choices, we never really choose freely, i.e. in a such a way that we are truly responsible for our choices and for what we subsequently do" (Freedom and Belief, Galen Strawson, 1986).
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This one is a bit technical, I guess, but I'd like to eventually cover all the philosophical jargon terms as well as all the different kinds of rhetoric. Just like all the other words here, make sure you are using it correctly (and sparingly), or it will end up doing you more harm than good.

19 comments:

amBored said...

that's fortiori :D

thenitefalls said...

This is one fancy word I have to use today!

jamiesaur said...

I like saying it (:

=dgrphx= said...

helpful blog

DEZMOND said...

I like the sound of it, although I wouldn't know how to use it in a sentence :)

Solsby Kid said...

Great word, will have to use some time!

Endless said...

noted.

Rob said...

I am going to have a hard time saying this in conversation today, but I shall prevail!

Kicking Rocks said...

sounds italian

Colin Biano said...
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-E- said...

@Colin Biano yeah i know sorry it's just that i'm away at the moment and don't have access to a microphone. i will upload one soon though.

Team Panda said...

i think i understand it, i wouldnt have the confidence to use it casually in a conversation though lol

Blog Hunt said...

I think I get it. Kinda.

zepdragon said...

Sounds italianish when my friend says it XD

Patti D. said...

Yes, it does sounds weird!

Blk Jesus said...

very nice ill have to try and use this

Danny Murphy said...

Cheers mate, nice word

Necroticism said...

Yeah, forte in Latin can be "strong".

Jen said...

Oh, I like this one. It just sounds so fancy pants.

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