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Latin Phrases

Latin - American Phrases

A fortiori For a stronger reason; all the more
A posteriori inductive; relating to or derived by reasoning from observed facts
A priori deductive; relating to or derived by reasoning from self-evident propositions; presupposed by experience; being without examination or analysis; presumptive; formed or conceived beforehand.
Ad hominem appealing to feelings or prejudices rather than intellect; marked by an attack on an opponent's character rather than by an answer to the contentions made.
Ad infinitum without end or limit.
Ad nauseam to a sickening or excessive degree.
Camera obscura a darkened enclosure having an aperture usu. provided with a lens through which light from external objects enters to form an image of the objects on the opposite surface.
Carpe diem the enjoyment of the pleasures of the moment without concern for the future.
Casus belli an event or action that justifies or allegedly justifies a war or conflict
Caveat a warning enjoining one from certain acts or practices; an explanation to prevent misinterpretation; a legal warning to a judicial officer to suspend a proceeding until the opposition has a hearing
De facto in reality; actually.
De jure by right; of right
Dictum a noteworthy statement: as a: a formal pronouncement of a principle, proposition, or opinion b: an observation intended or regarded as authoritative; a judicial opinion on a point other than the precise issue involved in determining a case.
Et alii and others; abbreviated as et al.
Et cetera and others esp. of the same kind: and so forth; abbreviated as etc
Ex parte on or from one side or party only--used of legal proceedings; from a one-sided or partisan point of view.
Floruit a period of flourishing (as of a person or movement).
Habitat the place or environment where a plant or animal naturally or normally lives and grows; the typical place of residence of a person or a group; a housing for a controlled physical environment in which people can live under surrounding inhospitable conditio
In camera in private: secretly
In loco parentis in the place of a parent. n. regulation or supervision by an administrative body (as at a university) acting in loco parentis.
In medias res in or into the middle of a narrative or plot.
Ipse dixit an assertion made but not proved
Ipso facto by that very fact or act; as an inevitable result
Lingua franca a common language consisting of Italian mixed with French, Spanish, Greek, and Arabic that was formerly spoken in Mediterranean ports; any of various languages used as common or commercial tongues among peoples of diverse speech; something resembling a co
Magna cum laude with great distinction
Magnum opus a great work, esp: the greatest achievement of an artist or writer
Memento something that serves to warn or remind.
Memento mori a reminder of mortality; esp: death's-head
Mirabile visu wonderful to behold.
Mirabile dictu wonderful to relate.
Ne plus ultra the highest point capable of being attained: acme; the most profound degree of a quality or state.
Noli me tangere a warning against touching or interference.
Nolo contendere a plea in a criminal prosecution that without admitting guilt subjects the defendant to conviction but does not preclude denying the truth of the charges in a collateral proceeding.
Non sequitur an inference that does not follow from the premises; specif: a fallacy resulting from a simple conversion of a universal affirmative proposition or from the transposition of a condition and its consequent; a statement (as a response) that does not follow
Nota bene used to call attention to something important
Pax a period of general stability in international affairs under the influence of a dominant military power--usu. used in combination with a latinized name (Pax Americana, Pax Brittanica, Pax Romana).
Per capita equally to each individual; per unit of population: by or for each person per capita of any state in the union.
Per diem by the day; for each day; adj. based on use or service by the day: daily; paid by the day; n. pl per diems a daily allowance; a daily fee.
Persona grata personally acceptable or welcome.
Persona non grata personally unacceptable or unwelcome
Post mortem occuring or done after death; pertaining to a post-mortem examination; n. a post-mortem examination, esp. an autopsy.
Post partum of or occuring in the period shortly after childbirth.
Prima facie at first view: on the first appearance; adj. true, valid, or sufficient at first impression: apparent ; self-evident; legally sufficient to establish a fact or a case unless disproved .
Pro forma made or carried out in a perfunctory manner or as a formality; provided in advance to prescribe form or describe items .
Quod erat demonstrandum which was to be proved.
Rara avis rarity
Res ipsa loquitur the affair speaks for itself
RIP RIP - [acronym of requiescat in pace] abbreviation, may he rest in peace, may she rest in peace; requiescant in pace = may they rest in peace.
Sine die without any future date being designated (as for resumption): indefinitely
Sine qua non something absolutely indispensable or essential.
Sui generis constituting a class alone: unique, peculiar
Summa cum laude with highest distinction --compare cum laude, magna cum laude.
Tabula rasa the mind in its hypothetical primary blank or empty state before receiving outside impressions; something existing in its original pristine state.
Created by: lilee256