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From the adverb ubī (where) and -nam (added to adverbs for the sake of emphasis).


ubinam (not comparable)

  1. where in the world
    In quā non video, ubinam mens constans possit insistere.

Usage notes[edit]

  • The adverbs ubī (where), ubinam (where in the world?), ubicumque (wherever) and ubiubī are sometimes used with the genitive of terra (land) (genitive plural: terrarum), locus (place) (nominative plural: locī, genitive plural: locorum), gens (nation) (genitive plural: gentium), to denote the same meaning as "where on earth". "in what country" or "where in the world":
    Ubinam est is homo gentium?
    Where in the world is this man?
    • 63 BCE, Cicero, Catiline Orations (Latin text and English translations here)
      O di immortales, ubinam gentium sumus? Quam rem publicam habemus? In qua urbe vivimus?.
      O ye immortal gods, where on earth are we? What is the government we have? In what city are we living?