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Examples of scilicet in a sentence
the journal cites the spot, scilicet present-day Provincetown, as the location of the Pilgrims' first landfall
Did You Know?
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."
Origin and Etymology of scilicet
Middle English, from Latin, surely, to wit, from scire to know + licet it is permitted, from licēre to be permitted — more at license
First Known Use: 14th century
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