Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun An expressed sanction: permission given by one in authority; specifically, sanction granted to the promulgation and execution of an ecclesiastical ordinance, and particularly such sanction granted by a sovereign to papal bulls, briefs, and other edicts.
  • noun A vote of assent in a council; a vote of the governing body in a university.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A vote of assent, as of the governing body of a university, of an ecclesiastical council, etc.
  • noun The assent of the civil power to the promulgation of an ecclesiastical ordinance.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A vote of assent, as of the governing body of a university, an ecclesiastical council, etc.
  • noun The assent of the civil power to the promulgation of an ecclesiastical ordinance.

Etymologies

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Latin it is pleasing, inflection of placeō ("I am pleasing").

Examples

  • _Quod regi placet, id mihi quoque placet_; "Whatsoever pleaseth the king, that also pleaseth me."

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  • "placet," taken measures to restrict mortmain (which exempted Church property from taxation), and had obtained the right to designate bishops.

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  • Keeping silence so as not to irritate the murderous regime in Iran is placet approval.

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  • Animus enim aspirat ut eo fruator, et formam boni habet et praecipue videtur et placet.

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  • Qualis in oculis hominum qui inversis pedibus ambulat, talis in oculis sapientum et angelorum qui sibi placet, aut cui passiones dominantur.

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  • Si occidere placet, ferrum meum vides, si verberibus contenta es, curro nudus ad poenam.

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  • A common humour it is of all men to think well of other men's fortunes, and dislike their own: [1768] Cui placet alterius, sua nimirum est odio sors; but [1769] qui fit Mecoenas, &c., how comes it to pass, what's the cause of it?

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  • [4992] Nec mihi cincta Diana placet, nec nuda Cythere,

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  • Quibus omnis in armis vita placet, non ulla juvat nisi morte, nec ullam esse putant vitam, quae non assueverit armis.

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  • Ennius in Menelippe adviseth thee as a friend to take statam formam, si vis habere incolumem pudicitiam, one of a middle size, neither too fair nor too foul, [6270] Nec formosa magis quam mihi casta placet, with old Cato, though fit let her beauty be, neque lectissima, neque illiberalis, between both.

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