in esse

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From in meaning "in" + esse meaning "to be".

Adverb[edit]

in esse

  1. in being, in actuality, having actual existence, (contradistinguished by in posse, compare in potentia)

Adjective[edit]

in esse

  1. in being, in actuality, have actual existence, (contradistinguished by in posse, compare in potentia)

Usage notes[edit]

  • A child living is in esse, but before birth is only in posse.

See also[edit]