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adverb Latin.
  1. here and there: used in bibliographic references to indicate that the writer has drawn upon material scattered throughout the source cited.
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sic passim

[seek pahs-sim; English sik pas-im]
adverb Latin.
  1. so throughout: used especially as a footnote to indicate that a word, phrase, or idea recurs throughout the book being cited.
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Examples from the Web for passim

Historical Examples

  • Documents printed by order of the Senate, 1861, No. 96, passim.

    The Journal of Negro History, Volume 5, 1920


  • Clarendon, passim, especially his summary of Lauds character.

    Biographia Epistolaris Volume 2

    Samuel Taylor Coleridge

  • Passim will be indicated the changes that have been made since.

  • Letters of Baltimore to Wentworth in Strafford papers, passim.

    The Beginners of a Nation

    Edward Eggleston.

  • Fragments and Specimens of Early Latin pp. 396-7 and passim.

British Dictionary definitions for passim


  1. here and there; throughout: used to indicate that what is referred to occurs frequently in the work cited
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sic passim

  1. a phrase used in printed works to indicate that a word, spelling, etc, occurs in the same form throughout
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Word Origin

literally: thus everywhere
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Word Origin and History for passim


"occurring in various places," Latin, literally "scatteredly, in every direction," adverb from passus, past participle of pandere "to stretch" (see pace (n.)).

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

passim in Culture



A word used in footnotes and similar material to indicate that a word or subject occurs frequently. For example, an entry in an index reading “coal: 78–86 passim” means that coal is mentioned throughout pages 78 to 86. Passim is Latin for “throughout” or “here and there.”

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