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Nov 25, 2009
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Uncommon adverbs

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doggo
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videlicet
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videlicet

PRONUNCIATION:
(vi-DEL-uh-sit, wi-DAY-li-ket)

MEANING:
adverb: That is; namely; to wit. (used to introduce examples or details)

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin videlicet, contraction of videre licet (it's permissible to see), from videre (to see) and licere (to be permitted). The word is mostly used in its abbreviated form, viz. How did this abbreviation come about? In medieval Latin, the symbol of contraction for -et resembled the shape of z.

USAGE:
"The choreographer, videlicet Victor Kabaniaev, received formal training in Russia and has created more than 40 dance and ballet works."
Jeffrey R. Smith; A Jaw-Dropping Dracul at The Crucible; Alameda Sun (California); Jan 15, 2009.

"In 1902, the Wanganui Herald reported that the mayor had proposed 'to have the name of our town spelt correctly - viz, by reinstating the letter h, making it Whanganui in accordance with its original name and meaning.'"
One Little Letter Means So Much; Dominion Post (Wellington, New Zealand); Sep 18, 2009.

See more usage examples of videlicet in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Nations have recently been led to borrow billions for war; no nation has ever borrowed largely for education. Probably, no nation is rich enough to pay for both war and civilization. We must make our choice; we cannot have both. -Abraham Flexner, educator (1866-1959)

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