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pro re nata

[proh re nah-tah; English proh ree ney-tuh, rey] /ˈproʊ ˈrɛ ˈnɑ tɑ; English ˈproʊ ˈri ˈneɪ tə, ˈreɪ/
adverb, Latin.
1.
for an unforeseen need or contingency.
Origin of pro re nata
literally, for a thing born
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  • Darwin mentions a remarkable breed of cows called the nata or niata.

    The Western World W.H.G. Kingston
  • The Prince and the sailor nata tried to hold the boat as nearly stationary as might be.

    The Usurper Judith Gautier
  • nata quickly obeyed, and Raiden passed the rope under his arms.

    The Usurper Judith Gautier
  • "That poor fellow is about done for," said nata, pushing off from the junk.

    The Usurper Judith Gautier
  • They undressed him; nata took off his outer garment and wrapped the boy in it.

    The Usurper Judith Gautier
  • "Nothing but the tip of her mast can be seen by this time," said nata.

    The Usurper Judith Gautier
  • "You must let us see what it is," said nata, with his good-natured laugh.

    The Usurper Judith Gautier
  • Circæis nata forent, an Lucrinum ad saxum, Rhutupinove edita fundo Ostrea, callebat primo deprendere morsu.

  • Curiously enough, McLeod met with an almost identical accident on the nata in 1875.

  • "It must be even darker in there than out here," said nata, who had his ear close to the ship's side.

    The Usurper Judith Gautier

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