de no·​vo | \ di-ˈnō-(ˌ)vō How to pronounce de novo (audio) , dā-, dē-\

Definition of de novo

: over again : anew a case tried de novo

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afresh, again, anew, over



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When taking up an appeal of a close DRB vote, one where only three of the five-member panel supported the decision in question, the council will review the case de novo. Daily Pilot, "Laguna Beach to recover all of its costs related to processing a slew of major developments," 7 Aug. 2019 Unfortunately, deciphering the function of de novo genes is far more difficult than identifying them. Quanta Magazine, "A Surprise Source of Life’s Code," 18 Aug. 2015 Paid leave by definition entitles Americans to a de novo benefit without even an imagined connection to old-age insurance. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "The GOP’s Social Security Raid," 20 Aug. 2018 Point two: The reality is that Trump, on this as on everything else, is not de novo. David Roberts, Vox, "The “Trump effect” threatens the future of the Paris climate agreement," 3 Dec. 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- How to pronounce de novo (audio) \

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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