Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adv. That is to say; namely.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adv. namely, to wit, as follows

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. To wit; namely; videlicet; -- often abbreviated to sc., or ss.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To wit; videlicet; namely. Abbreviated scil. or sc.

Etymologies

Middle English, from Latin scīlicet, contraction of scīre licet, it is permitted to know : scīre, to know; see skei- in Indo-European roots + licet, third person sing. of licēre, to be permitted.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the Latin scīlicet. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • But the cause of this imperfection has been fully laid open by no party, -- 'scilicet', that in divines of both parties of the Reformers, the Protestants and the Detestants, there was the same relic of the Roman 'lues', -- the habit of deciding for or against the orthodoxy of a position, not according to its truth or falsehood, not on grounds of reason or of history, but by the imagined consequences of the position.

    Literary Remains, Volume 2

  • Publicius includes a mnemonic alphabet, later recycled by Johannes Romberch in Congestorium artificiose memorie (1533) and emulated by Robert Fludd in Utriusque cosmic maioris scilicet et minoris metaphysica (1621), that evokes comparison to several items in the Urbino studiolo (fig. 4.18).

    Architecture and Memory: The Renaissance Studioli of Federico da Montefeltro

  • Diagram of the human mind, from Robert Fludd (1574-1637), Utriusque cosmic maioris scilicet et minoris metaphysica (Oppenhemii: Ære Johan-Theodori de Bry, typis Hieronymi Galleri, 1617-21).

    Architecture and Memory: The Renaissance Studioli of Federico da Montefeltro

  • Monochord from Robert Fludd (1574-1637), Utriusque cosmic maioris scilicet et minoris metaphysica (Oppenhemii: Ære Johan-Theodori de Bry, typis Hieronymi Galleri, 1617-21).

    Architecture and Memory: The Renaissance Studioli of Federico da Montefeltro

  • From Robert Fludd (1574-1637), Utriusque cosmic maioris scilicet et minoris metaphysica (Oppenhemii: Ære Johan-Theodori de Bry, typis Hieronymi Galleri, 1617-21).

    Architecture and Memory: The Renaissance Studioli of Federico da Montefeltro

  • III. coloribus pingere ex tribus pigmentis angularibus Mayerianis, cinnabari scilicet, coeruleo montano et flauo regio mixtis.

    The Creation of Color in Eighteenth-Century Europe

  • [4094] Chirurgicus medico quo differt? scilicet isto,

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • In loca detrusi sunt infra caelestes orbes in aerem scilicet et infra ubi Judicio generali reservantur.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • Haec si apud votarios, monachos, sanctos scilicet homunciones, quid in foro, quid in aula factum suspiceris? quid apud nobiles, quid inter fornices, quam non foeditatem, quam non spurcitiem?

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • Carnificinam exercent, one saith they tyrannise over men's consciences more than any other tormentors whatsoever, partly for their commodity and gain; Religionem enim omnium abusus (as [6405] Postellus holds), quaestus scilicet sacrificum in causa est: for sovereignty, credit, to maintain their state and reputation, out of ambition and avarice, which are their chief supporters: what have they not made the common people believe?

    Anatomy of Melancholy

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