from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The arrangement of, or mode of expressing, the terms of a contract or conveyance.
  • n. A qualification involving the idea of variation or departure from some general rule or form, in the way of either restriction or enlargement, according to the circumstances of the case, as in the will of a donor, an agreement between parties, and the like.
  • n. A fixed compensation or equivalent given instead of payment of tithes in kind, expressed in full by the phrase modus decimandi.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Manner; mode: same as mode.
  • n. In Roman and civil law, and early English law, the manner or qualifying terms of a gift or disposition of property.


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  • "Est modus in rebus, sunt certi denique fines [952];" that is to say, a _modus_ [953] as to the tithes and certain _fines_ [954]. '

    Life of Johnson, Volume 3 1776-1780

  • For years, the Vatican has worked to restore what Pope Benedict XVI has called a modus vivendi between modern reason and faith.


  • The basic sentences (2: 1) - (2: 4) combined with a simple categorical sentence as the second premise boil down to what we today know as modus ponens and modus tollens.

    The Statue of a Writer

  • Ginzberg writes that she herself is personally convinced that the inferential pattern called modus ponens (If p, then q; p; therefore q) is valid.

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  • The Japanese government, Roosevelt, and some Japan officers in the State Department all proposed abandoning the search for a comprehensive agreement in favor of negotiating a temporary agreement, what the diplomats called a modus vivendi from the Latin, a way of living.

    Interpretations of American History

  • This is true not only in cases of evident marital failure but also in marriages characterized by a modus vivendi which is bearable or at least borne.

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  • Now this agreement with His Majesty's Government is what you have seen in the papers, called the modus vivendi.

    The Newfoundland Fisheries Question

  • This has become a hot topic in Brazil in 2008, for the profiles of the alleged criminals so identified and for the types of crimes they committed (potentially damaging for the Government and the Nation in general), not forgetting methods used (the "how"), usually rather sophisticated, the so-called modus operandi.


  • The entire book is there, following the Wikipedia modus, which is being open for all to make [...]

    Original Signal - Transmitting Web 2.0

  • It contained ten points that Hull called a modus vivendi temporary agreement.39 Two of the points angered Japan: point 3, “The Government of Japan will withdraw all military, naval, air and police forces from China and from Indo-China,” and point 4, “The Government of the United States and the Government of Japan will not support—militarily, politically, economically—any government or regime in China other than the National Government of the Republic of China with the capital temporarily at Chungking.”



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