ex silentio

adverb (or adjective)
ex si·​len·​tio | \ ˌek(s)sə̇ˈlenchēˌō, -)ˌsīˈ- \
variants: or e silentio \ ˌēsə̇-​ , ˌēˌsī-​ \

Definition of ex silentio

: from the fact of lack of specific evidence (as of written or oral attestation) an argument that was built up wholly ex silentio

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History and Etymology for ex silentio

Latin ex silentio from silence

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“Ex silentio.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ex%20silentio. Accessed 30 Jul. 2021.

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