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Etymology 1[edit]

From Latin quod videās,[1] or from quod vidē (literally which see),[2] from quod (the neuter of quī (what)) + vidē the imperative of videō (I see), or videās, the second-person present subjunctive of the same verb.


q.v. (not comparable)

  1. quod vide; which see; used to reference material mentioned in text.
    This is described in more detail in Brown’s book on the subject (q.v.).
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Related terms[edit]
  • qq.v. (plural: quae vide)

Etymology 2[edit]

From Latin quantum vīs (literally as much as you want), from quantum (as much as) + vīs (you want, you wish), the second person singular active indicative form of volō (I want, I wish).


q.v. (not comparable)

  1. (in prescriptions) as much as you wish


  1. ^ 1851, E. A. Andrews, A copious and critical Latin-English Lexicon:, founded on the larger Latin-German Lexicon of Dr. William Freund, New York, ("Other Abbreviations, Signs, etc."): "q. v., quod videas."
  2. ^ 1835, Thomas Morell, An Abridgment of Ainsworth's Dictionary English and Latin, designed for the Use of Schools, Philadelphia ("An Explication of the several Marks used in this Work."): "q. v. for quod vide, or see the word referred to."




  1. quod vidē (which see)