[wi-dey-li-ket; English vi-del-uh-sit]

adverb Latin.

that is to say; namely (used especially to introduce examples, details, etc.). Abbreviation: viz. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for videlicet

Historical Examples of videlicet

  • Why do I wear breeches and a cocked hat—when I am abroad, videlicet?

  • Videlicet: in the troubled days of 1856 there was playing at the Sunderland theatre a comedian named Sam Johnson.

    Ellen Terry and Her Sisters

    T. Edgar Pemberton

  • Then the Hon. Percival made a speech he half repented of later; videlicet, when he woke next morning.

    When Ghost Meets Ghost

    William Frend De Morgan

  • Junii videlicet feria iiijta ante pentecosten inmediate post nonam erat terre motus magnus per totam Angliam.

  • Illa petiit quod Sabini in sinistris manibus gererent, videlicet aureos anulos et armillas.

    Selections from Viri Romae

    Charles Franois L'Homond

British Dictionary definitions for videlicet



namely: used to specify items, examples, etcAbbreviation: viz

Word Origin for videlicet

C15: from Latin
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Word Origin and History for videlicet

"namely, to wit," mid-15c., see viz.

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