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passim

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adverb pas·sim \ˈpa-səm; ˈpa-ˌsim, ˈpä-\

Definition of passim



Examples of passim in a sentence

  1. <the book belonged to my father, and his trenchant comments are found passim—both in the margins and between the lines of text>



Did You Know?

Passim is from the Latin word passus ("scattered"), itself from pandere, meaning "to spread." Pandere is the root of the common word expand and the not-so-common word repand, meaning "having a slightly undulating margin" (as in "a repand leaf" or "a repand colony of bacteria"). It is also the progenitor of pace, as in "keep up a steady pace." Passim itself appears in English both on its own and as part of the adverb sic passim, which means "so throughout." Sic passim is typically used to indicate that a word or idea is to be found at various places throughout a book or a writer's work.

Origin and Etymology of passim

Latin, from passus scattered, from past participle of pandere to spread — more at fathom


First Known Use: 1634


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passim

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adverb pas·sim \ˈpa-səm, -ˌsim, ˈpä-ˌsēm\

Legal Definition of passim

  1. :  in one place and another —used in citations of cases, articles, or books to indicate that something (as a word, phrase, or idea) is found at many places in the work cited <see Arango, 621 F.2d 1371, passim>



Origin and Etymology of passim

Latin, here and there


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