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  1. a combining form occurring in loanwords from Latin, where it meant “well”: benediction.
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Origin of bene-

combining form of bene (adv.) well (< *dwenē), akin to bonus good (< *dwenos)

nota bene

[noh-tah be-ne; English noh-tuh bey-nee, ben-ee, bee-nee]
Latin.
  1. note well; take notice.
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de bene esse

[di bee-nee es-ee, dee, dey bey-ney es-ey]
adverb Law.
  1. of validity for the time being but subject to objection or nullification at a later date; provisionally: to take evidence de bene esse to ensure against its loss.
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Origin of de bene esse

First recorded in 1595–1605, de bene esse is from the Medieval Latin word dē bene esse of well-being
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nota bene

  1. note well; take noteAbbreviation: NB, N.B., nb, n.b.
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Word Origin and History for bene

bene-

Latin word-forming element meaning "well," from Latin bene "well, in the right way, honorably, properly," from PIE *dw-ene-, adverbial form of root *deu- "to do, perform, show favor, revere." Cf. Latin bonus "good," bellus "handsome, fine, pretty," beatus "blessed."

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nota bene

"mark well, observe particularly," c.1721, from Latin nota, second person singular imperative of notare "to mark" (see note (v.)) + bene "well" (see bene-). Often abbreviated N.B.

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