ab initio

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin ab (from) + initiō, ablative singular of initium (beginning).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (US) IPA(key): /ˌæb ɪˈnɪʃ.i.oʊ/, /ˌæb əˈnɪt.i.oʊ/, /ˌɑb əˈnɪt.i.oʊ/

Adverb[edit]

ab initio

  1. (law) From the time when a law, legal right or decree, contract, ownership interest, partnership (etc.) comes into force. [Early 17th century.][1][2][3]
  2. (sciences) Calculated from first principles, i.e. from basic laws without any further additional assumptions.
    • 1983, Monty Python, The meaning of life, at about 1h 15':
      [] this soul does not exist ab initio, as orthodox Christianity teaches; it has to be brought into existence by a process of guided self-observation. However, this is rarely achieved, owing to man's unique ability to be distracted from spiritual matters by everyday trivia.
  3. (of an academic course) Taken with no prior qualifications.

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  1. ^ http://karnatakajudiciary.kar.nic.in/hcklibrary/PDF/Blacks%20Law%206th%20Edition%20-%20SecA.pdf Black's Law Dictionary, 6th Edition (1990) Ab initio: Lat. From the beginning; from the first act; from the inception. An agreement is said to be "void ab initio" if it has at no time had any legal validity. A party may be said to be a trespasser, an estate said to be good, an agreement or deed said to be void, or a marriage or act said to be unlawful, ab initio. Contrasted in this sense with ex post facto, or with postea.
  2. ^ Lesley Brown, editor-in-chief; William R. Trumble and Angus Stevenson, editors (2002), “ab initio”, in The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary on Historical Principles, 5th edition, Oxford; New York, N.Y.: Oxford University Press, →ISBN, page 4.
  3. ^ Black's Law Dictionary

German[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Latin ab initiō (from the beginning).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ap iˈniːt͡si̯o/
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: ab ini‧tio

Adverb[edit]

ab initio

  1. ab initio

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Spanish[edit]

Adverb[edit]

ab initio

  1. ab initio

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