de no·​vo | \di-ˈnō-(ˌ)vō, dā-, dē-\

Definition of de novo 

: over again : anew a case tried de novo

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At such an event last month Mr. Trump ordered the Pentagon to develop a de novo military branch dedicated to space. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Houston, We Have a Space Force," 4 July 2018 Each day of his presidency seems to arrive de novo, disconnected historically from the day before. Lance Morrow, WSJ, "Did an Ancient Greek Anticipate Trump?," 22 June 2018 The study from the other team is in press, but found neither inherited nor de novo variants linked to autism in the regions. Nicholette Zeliadt, Scientific American, "Some Mutations Tied to Autism May Be Passed Down from Fathers," 19 Apr. 2018 Greg really was a large part of the reason why Goat was created, but this was his first de novo deal, was Ring. Recode Staff, Recode, "Full transcript: Venture capital firm Upfront Ventures’ Mark Suster on Recode Decode," 20 Apr. 2018 Lane and his partners raised $23 million to start the Houston bank in 2005, when interest rates were higher and a de novo bank could become profitable in 14 months. Collin Eaton, Houston Chronicle, "The Bank of River Oaks to sell for $85 million to Hilltop," 14 Feb. 2018 Instead, by applying de novo, the NFL had a lower bar to meet. Michael Mccann,, "Ezekiel Elliott Suspension: Breaking Down Remaining Legal Options for the Cowboys RB," 12 Oct. 2017

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1536, in the meaning defined above

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de no·​vo | \dē-ˈnō-vō, dā- \

Legal Definition of de novo 

: over again : as if for the first time: as

a : allowing independent appellate determination of issues (as of fact or law) a de novo review

b : allowing complete retrial upon new evidence — compare abuse of discretion, clearly erroneous

Note: A de novo review is an in-depth review. Decisions of federal administrative agencies are generally subject to de novo review in the U.S. District Courts, and some lower state court decisions are subject to de novo review at the next level.

History and Etymology for de novo

Medieval Latin, literally, from (the) new

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