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  • conj. Because X may occur
  • prep. Because of the possibility of
  • prep. In the event of


Middle English (Wiktionary)


  • In the fifth century he appears as head of the college of priests, as the bishop's delegate for certain duties of visitation and judgment, as his representative in case of absence or death (sede vacante).

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 12: Philip II-Reuss

  • “I think we can call this a failure« I was really hoping it would work, and you would thank me, and I could use it on myself safely; and we would all live happily ever after» Alas, I think we had just better make you forget about everything, just in case you actually ever recover.”


  • Except in the case of some particular privilege, the dimissorial letters should be sent to the bishop of the place in which the convent is situated, and regulars can only apply to another bishop in case the former does not hold his usual ordinations, or if he consents to waive his right.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 12: Philip II-Reuss

  • The boundaries of Red River Road were marked and recorded, in case any widening might occur in the future to alter the territory, and GPS equipment was used to take a satellite reading of the crime scene location.

    The Killing Kind

  • The local superior, like the abbot, is assisted by a second, who takes his place in case of absence or incapacity: he is called prior in the abbeys, or sub-prior where the superior is called prior; otherwise he is termed minister.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 12: Philip II-Reuss

  • Los Angeles Times supports my theory that NBC may be stock-piling programs in case Leno fails ...

    Home Theater Forum

  • A mile away, the KC-10 tanker that had already refueled them once stood by in case they needed a refill, which would depend on how far the 737 made it.

    The Ark

  • There was a bell on the door frame to the right, in case anyone somehow managed to sneak in the front door without Ms. Torrance turning on them like a hungry rottweiler.

    The Killing Kind

  • Then I swam as quick as I could to the other side and flip-turned, just in case he was still watching.

    it’s not summer wi thout you

  • In the absence of the bishop, or in case the see is vacant, the provost conducts episcopal ceremonial functions, while he takes precedence of all, even of the vicar capitular.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 12: Philip II-Reuss


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