pas·​sim | \ ˈpa-səm How to pronounce passim (audio) ; ˈpa-ˌsim, ˈpä- How to pronounce passim (audio) \

Definition of passim

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Passim is from the Latin word passus ("scattered"), itself from pandere, meaning "to spread." Pandere is the root of the common word expand and the not-so-common word repand, meaning "having a slightly undulating margin" (as in "a repand leaf" or "a repand colony of bacteria"). It is also the progenitor of pace, as in "keep up a steady pace." Passim itself appears in English both on its own and as part of the adverb sic passim, which means "so throughout." Sic passim is typically used to indicate that a word or idea is to be found at various places throughout a book or a writer's work.

Examples of passim in a Sentence

the book belonged to my father, and his trenchant comments are found passim—both in the margins and between the lines of text

First Known Use of passim

1634, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for passim

Latin, from passus scattered, from past participle of pandere to spread — more at fathom

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“Passim.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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pas·​sim | \ ˈpa-səm, -ˌsim, ˈpä-ˌsēm How to pronounce passim (audio) \

Legal Definition of passim

: in one place and another used in citations of cases, articles, or books to indicate that something (as a word, phrase, or idea) is found at many places in the work cited see Arango, 621 F.2d 1371, passim

History and Etymology for passim

Latin, here and there


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