Definition of passim
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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
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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.
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
Origin and Etymology of passim
Latin, here and there
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