mutatis mutandis

mu·​ta·​tis mu·​tan·​dis | \ m(y)ü-ˈtä-təs-m(y)ü-ˈtän-dəs How to pronounce mutatis mutandis (audio) , -ˈtā-təs-, -ˈtan- How to pronounce mutatis mutandis (audio) \

Definition of mutatis mutandis

1 : with the necessary changes having been made
2 : with the respective differences having been considered

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Unlike most English terms with Latin parentage, mutatis mutandis (which translates literally as "things having been changed that have to be changed") maintains its Latinate aspect entirely. It doesn't look like an English phrase, which is perhaps why it remains rather uncommon despite having functioned in English since the 16th century. Although the phrase is used in the specialized fields of law, philosophy, and economics when analogous situations are discussed, it appears in other contexts, too, where analogy occurs, as this quote from Henry James' The American demonstrates: "Roderick made an admirable bust of her at the beginning of the winter, and a dozen women came rushing to him to be done, mutatis mutandis, in the same style."

Examples of mutatis mutandis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That sentence, mutatis mutandis, could have been written about India, where Islamic invasions and British rule still produced an anxiety about authenticity — what was one’s own, what had come from outside. New York Times, 11 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of mutatis mutandis

circa 1525, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for mutatis mutandis

Middle English, from Medieval Latin

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14 Dec 2021

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“Mutatis mutandis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jan. 2022.

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