Legal Definition and Related Resources of A Fortiori
Meaning of A Fortiori
More so; with stronger reason
A Fortiori Alternative Definition
By (or from) the stronger reason. Applied to the argument that, because of the concession or establishment of a given proposition, another included in it is by the greater reason true.
Synonyms of A Fortiori
- above all
- all the more
- by a stronger reason
- by inference
- even more
- for a certainty
- for a still stronger reason
- in chief
- in the main
- over and above
- with the greater force
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What does A fortiori mean in American Law?
“Even stronger” or “even more so.” The term, and a fortiori the concept for which it stands, is very widely used in legal reasoning. For it represents one species of the argumentative move by which one manages to get someone else to accept a more extreme position than the one needed for the job of persuasion at hand, and then shows him that if he is willing to go that far, surely he is willing to go less far. For example, “So you accept the fact that he’s entitled to defend himself from threatened injury? Then a fortiori he’s entitled to defend himself from threatened death.” To put it another way, if you can get someone to agree with you about any particular point on the slippery slope, everything downhill from there is an “a fortiori case.”
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