: contrary to the opinion of—usually used as an expression of deference to someone's contrary opinion
Easiness is a virtue in grammar, pace old-fashioned grammarians …—Philip Howard
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Though used in English since the 19th century, the preposition pace has yet to shed its Latin mantle, and for that reason it's most at home in formal writing or in contexts in which one is playing at formality. The Latin word pace is a form of pax, meaning "peace" or "permission," and when used sincerely the word does indeed suggest a desire for both. This Latin borrowing is unrelated to the more common noun pace (as in "keeping pace") and its related verb ("pacing the room"); these also come from Latin, but from the word pandere, meaning "to spread."
We walked at a leisurely pace along the shore.
The pace of the story was slow.
His new album is selling at a blistering pace. Verb
When she gets nervous she paces back and forth.
He was pacing and muttering to himself.
She paced the other runners for the first half of the race.
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Recent Examples on the Web
The National Retail Federation, the nation's largest retail trade group, expects shoppers will spend more this year than last year, but their pace will slow.—Staff and Wire Reports, arkansasonline.com, 25 Nov. 2023 The National Retail Federation, the nation’s largest retail trade group, expects shoppers will spend more this year than last year, but their pace will slow given all the economic uncertainty.—Anne D'innocenzio, Fortune, 24 Nov. 2023 With all seven men now going through their paces, BTS is expected to reconvene in 2025 when all have completed their duty to country.—Gil Kaufman, Billboard, 22 Nov. 2023 As the year winds down, the rapid pace of AI innovation shows no signs of deceleration.—Reece Rogers, WIRED, 22 Nov. 2023 Opioid overdose deaths recorded by D.C. so far this year are on pace to surpass last year’s record of 461.—Peter Hermann, Washington Post, 20 Nov. 2023 Jenkins has also helped push Congress to think more seriously about the power grid, releasing a report last year that showed that much of the 43 percent emissions reduction expected by 2030 would be squandered if the United States doesn’t double the pace of transmission upgrades.—IEEE Spectrum, 20 Nov. 2023 Stroud, the second overall pick in this year’s draft out of Ohio State, is on pace to pass for nearly 5,000 yards, which would smash the rookie record of 4,374 yards set by the Indianapolis Colts’ Andrew Luck in 2012.—Steve Henson, Los Angeles Times, 18 Nov. 2023 Going through gears on the close-ratio shifter (from Honda/Acura's modification-specialty shop K-Tuned) perfectly set off the classic mood, even if our sheer pace on 17-Mile Drive absolutely baffled my mind.—Michael Teo Van Runkle, Ars Technica, 17 Nov. 2023
The event pic — which grossed $3 million in Tuesday previews — is pacing to open to at least $22 million for the five-day holiday corridor, including $16 million for the weekend.—Pamela McClintock, The Hollywood Reporter, 22 Nov. 2023 More than 10 million people have already passed through TSA checkpoints since Thursday, pacing far ahead of even 2019's pre-pandemic numbers.—CBS News, 20 Nov. 2023 Engaging and fast paced, the book is based largely on an examination of secondary sources, because the official Soviet records from World War II have not been completely released.—Terry W. Hartle, The Christian Science Monitor, 20 Nov. 2023 Sam Altman paced the stage calm and confident, ready in black jeans and Lego x Adidas sneakers to sell himself as the next Steve Jobs — or at least this year’s Mark Zuckerberg.—Nitasha Tiku, Washington Post, 15 Nov. 2023 Court officers paced the aisles ensuring the prohibition against photos and videos was being followed.—Sarah D. Wire, Los Angeles Times, 6 Nov. 2023 Kyrie Irving scored 35 points, and Luka Doncic poured in 30 to pace Dallas’ potent offense.—Doyle Rader, Forbes, 13 Nov. 2023 Hitler—then the leader of the nascent Nazi Party—paced inside the foyer, waiting for his big moment.—Ellen Wexler, Smithsonian Magazine, 8 Nov. 2023 Crawford says from the aspect of teaching courses, the instructors take a lot of time in designing the courses and pacing out coursework appropriately for the students.—Sarah Cottrell, Parents, 7 Nov. 2023 See More
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Noun and Verb
Middle English pas, from Anglo-French, stride, step, from Latin passus, from pandere to spread — more at fathom
Latin, ablative of pac-, pax peace, permission — more at pact