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passim

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

Definition of passim



Examples of passim

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



Origin of passim

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


First Known Use: 1634


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