flatus vocis

noun
fla·tus vo·cis | \ˌflätəsˈvōkə̇s, -təˈswō-\
plural flatus vocis

Definition of flatus vocis 

: a mere name, word, or sound without a corresponding objective reality used by the nominalists of universals

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History and Etymology for flatus vocis

Medieval Latin, literally, breath of the voice

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