[ahy-dem, id-em]

pronoun, adjective

the same as previously given or mentioned.

Origin of idem

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin īdem
Can be confusedibid. ibidem idem op. cit.

alter idem

[ahl-ter ee-dem; English awl-ter ahy-dem, al-]

noun Latin.

another exactly the same.

semper idem

[sem-per ee-dem; English sem-per ahy-dem, id-em]


always the same. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for idem


the same: used to refer to an article, chapter, etc, previously cited
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Word Origin and History for idem

Latin, literally "the same" (see identical).

semper idem

Latin, literally "always the same;" see semper- + identical.

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