scilicet

adverb
sci·li·cet | \ˈskē-li-ˌket; 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

Middle English, from Latin, surely, to wit, from scire to know + licet it is permitted, from licēre to be permitted — more at license

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