bene-

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.

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.

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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British Dictionary definitions for bene

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."

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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