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Shortened from the anteclassical and postclassical form donicum from the old dative doni (dioni; for the root and other related things, see dīēs ‎(day)) + cum ‎(with).



  1. while, as long as, until, denotes the relation of two actions at the same time
    Donec, infecta pace, armis desilirent.
    While, with peace broken off, they came to strive with arms.
    et non cognoscebat eam, donec peperit filium, et vocavit nomen eius Iesum.
    And he did not have relations with her until she had given birth to a son, and he named him Jesus.