sci·​li·​cet | \ ˈskē-li-ˌket How to pronounce scilicet (audio) ; ˈsī-lə-ˌset, ˈsi- \

Definition of scilicet

: that is to say : specifically, namely abbreviation ss

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Scilicet is a rare word that most often occurs in legal proceedings and instruments. It is from Latin scire ("to know") and "licet" ("it is permitted"), which is also a root of "videlicet" - a synonym of "scilicet." Licet," in turn, descends from the Latin verb licēre, which means "to be permitted" and is the ultimate source of the English words "leisure" and "license." "Scire" has also made other contributions to English, giving us such words as "conscience," "conscious," and "science."

Examples of scilicet in a Sentence

the journal cites the spot, scilicet present-day Provincetown, as the location of the Pilgrims' first landfall

First Known Use of scilicet

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for scilicet

borrowed from Latin scīlicet "one may be sure that, it is clear that, as is apparent, to be sure, doubtless," from scī-, stem of sciō, scīre "to know" + licet "it is permitted," 3rd singular present indicative of licēre "to be permitted" — more at science, license entry 1

Note: It is usually assumed that scī- is contracted from the infinitive scīre. Ernout and Meillet (Dictionnaire étymologique de la langue latine), however, regard the early construal of scīlicet with an infinitive and accusative subject (in Plautus), as if scī- implied scīre, as a case of etymological reanalysis ("recomposition étymologique"). Compare īlicet "you may go, off with you," vidēlicet "it is plain to see, evidently, plainly" (see videlicet).

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“Scilicet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Sep. 2021.

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