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solvitur ambulando

an appeal to practical experience for a solution or proof, Latin, literally "(the problem) is solved by walking," originally in reference to the proof by Diogenes the Cynic of the possibility of motion.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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  • The phrase "solvitur ambulando" must surely have been coined for him.

    Appearances Goldsworthy Lowes Dickinson
  • As you of anthropology, so I say of theology,—solvitur ambulando.

    Yeast: A Problem Charles Kingsley
  • "solvitur ambulando," said Philosophy, and a priori reasoning took a back place.

    When Ghost Meets Ghost

    William Frend De Morgan
  • "solvitur ambulando," muttered the man, smiling at the simple solution of an occurrence which had puzzled him greatly at the time.

  • On my return and solicitous inquiry for my fur-lined overcoat, I had the further shock to discover that it was solvitur ambulando!

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