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"En principio" is an adverb which is often translated as "in principle", and "a priori" is an adverb which is often translated as "in advance". Learn more about the difference between "en principio" and "a priori" below.
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An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
1. (theoretically)
a. in principle
Sin evidencia para apoyar su plan presupuestario, los legisladores solo podían estar de acuerdo con él en principio.Without evidence to support the budgetary plan, the legislators could only agree with it in principle.
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a priori
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
1. (previously)
a. in advance
Envié el formulario a priori.I submitted the form in advance.
b. beforehand
El chequeo se realiza a priori.The check is carried out beforehand.
2. (by deduction)
a. a priori
Asumimos a priori que la cifra no podía ser negativa.We assumed a priori that the figure could not be negative.
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