ipsissima verba

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Translingual[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Latin The very words.

Phrase[edit]

ipsissima verba

  1. The actual words (spoken or transcribed).
    "The record in the magistrate's court does not purport to reproduce the ipsissima verba of the witness; it does not give questions and answers in the exact words in which the question was put and the answer made; it, at best, gives no more than a summary...." Engelbrecht v Nieuwoudt 1941 CPD 54 at 55: