videlicet

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English[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin vidēlicet

Pronunciation[edit]

Often read out in translation as namely or to wit.

  • IPA(key): /vɪˈdɛlɪsɛt/, /ˈneɪmlɪ/, /təˈwɪt/, /ˈtuːwɪt/

Adverb[edit]

videlicet (not comparable)

  1. Namely, to wit, that is to say (used when clarifying or naming the preceding item or topic)
    • 1993, Anthony Burgess, A Dead Man in Deptford:
      My father did speak much of the day he was not speedily to forget, videlicet May Day of 1517, when there was great apprentice rioting against insolent foreigners.

Usage notes[edit]

Where videlicet is carefully distinguished from scilicet, viz. is used to provide glosses and sc. to provide omitted words or parenthetic clarification.

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Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

A contraction of videre licet ([it] is permitted to see).[1] Cf. scilicet.

Pronunciation[edit]

Adverb[edit]

videlicet (not comparable)

  1. Videlicet: namely, to wit, that is to say
    • c. '1300', Tractatus de Ponderibus et Mensuris
      Per Ordinacionem tocius regni Anglie fuit mensura Domini Regis composita videlicet quod denarius qui vocatur sterlingus rotundus & sine tonsura ponderabit triginta duo grana frumenti in medio Spice.
  2. clearly, evidently

References[edit]

  1. ^ American Heritage Dictionary, 5th ed. "vi·del·i·cet". Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014.