- to wit; namely.
Origin of scilicet
Examples from the Web for scilicet
Quaere Mr. Partridge of his Directio mortis, scilicet about 35 aetatis.
So then he percieved he was attacqued by death, scilicet, the dead palsey.
Videbam coram me vitem & in ea tres fundos oculos (principal buds) scilicet unde funduntur palmites.
Nimo scilicet eiusdem rithimi repercussio, nisi forte novum aliquid atque intentatum artis hoc sibi praeroget.Instigations
July 31, 1677, I sold my bokes to Mr. Littlebury, scilicet when my impostume in my heade did breake.
- namely; that is: used esp in explaining an obscure text or an ambiguity, or supplying a missing word
Word Origin and History for scilicet
late 14c., Latin, "you may know, you may be sure, it is certain," used in sense "that is to say, namely," contraction of scire licit "it is permitted to know," from scire "to know" (see science); for second element see licit. Used as was Old English hit is to witanne, literally "it is to wit" (see wit (v.)). Often abbreviated sc. or scil.
Its function is to introduce : (a) a more intelligible or definite substitute, sometimes the English, for an expression already used ... (b) a word &c. that was omitted in the original as unnecessary, but is thought to require specifying for the present audience .... [Fowler]