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From Medieval Latin litterātim, from littera (letter). First known use: 1643.



literatim (not comparable)

  1. (of the copying of text) Letter by letter.
    • 1825: Sir Nicholas Harris Nicolas, A Synopsis of the Peerage of England: Exhibiting, under Alphabetical Arrangement, The Date of Creation, Descent, and Present State of Every Title of Peerage Which has Existed in this Country since the Conquest. In Two Volumes, p807
      This fact is not otherwise important than as it tends to prove, that no verbatim et literatim copy of the original has as yet been published.
    • 1845: Jean Calvin, Works…, pXXIV
      The only liberty which has been taken in reprinting this Dedication, is in reference to the supplying of modern punctuation, and the division of it into paragraphs; but in other respects it is given verbatim et literatim.
    • 1903: The Friends’ Historical Society, The Journal of the Friends’ Historical Society, p1
      In order to give its Scots flavor to the eye, as I cannot to the ear, I shall transcribe its beginning literatim.
    • 2004: Peter Esprit Radisson, Voyages of Peter Esprit Radisson, p2
      But the meaning is in all cases clearly conveyed, and, in justice both to the author and the reader, they have been printed verbatim et literatim, as in the original manuscripts.

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