Definitions

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  • n. Force; power.
  • n. Abbreviation of viscount.
  • n. Alternative spelling of viss.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. in law, an irresistible natural force, exempting one, barring special contract or fraud, from contract obligation. In both the civil and the common law the term has nearly the meaning of “act of God.”
  • n. An abbreviation of viscount. Also written Visc., Visct.
  • n. Vision; sight; appearance.
  • n. An old spelling of vise.
  • n. Force.
  • n. Hence— Moral indisposition to commit one's self to an energetic line of action; mental sluggishness.

Etymologies

From Latin vis, from Proto-Indo-European *weyǝ- (“power”). (Wiktionary)
From Tamil வீசை (vīcai) and/or Telugu వీసె (vīse) (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Some physicians imagined that diseases were caused by a change in the qualities of the fluids, which became sometimes acid, and sometimes alkaline; or on a change of figure of the particles of the blood: some imagined diseases to be owing to a rational principle, which they called the vis medicatrix naturae, which governed the actions of the body, and excited fever or commotion in the system to remove any hurtful cause, or expel any morbid matter, which might have insinuated itself into the body.

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  • I feel your pain vis a vis engorgement – only I never have problems getting milk OUT.

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  • Peterson was a far healthier human being, of course, but I think that the whole narrative of extreme virtuosity as a Faustian bargain vis-à-vis the soul is a pretty indelible trope in all kinds of music.

    Come Fly With Me

  • It is always worth keeping a weather eye on the blog of that most haughty of Frenchmen, Valéry Giscard d'Estaing, who seems, a bit like the Communist Party of Great Britain vis-à-vis the Labour Party of the 1970s, to be able to propose something today for it to become mainstream policy tomorrow.

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  • When Leibniz published essentially the same objection in his Brief Demonstration of a Notable Error of Descartes's and Others Concerning a Natural Law in 1686, it sparked a now famous dispute among natural philosophers that has become known as the vis viva controversy

    Leibniz's Philosophy of Physics

  • We are seeing precisely that drama playing out this very term vis-a-vis Grutter and Stenberg.

    "John Roberts, Centrist."

  • Q Any more presidential phone calls vis a vis Iraq?

    Press Briefing By Mike Mccurry

  • Nearly all this doctrine of impetus is transformed into a very correct mechanical theory if one is careful to substitute the expression vis viva for impetus.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 12: Philip II-Reuss

  • Terence imitated him at Rome, and obtained the preference over Plautus, though Cæsar called him but a demi-Menander, because he appears to want that spirit and vivacity which he calls the vis comica.

    The Works of Samuel Johnson, Volume 05 Miscellaneous Pieces

  • 'I am not going anywhere, I am here to clear my name,' says Shoaib Malik HYDERABAD - Pakistan cricketer Shoaib Malik, who is scheduled to marry tennis star Sania Mirza on April 15 in Hyderabad, on Monday said that he was in the city to clear his name vis-'-vis the alleged marriage with Hyderabad girl Ayesha Siddiqui, as he would not like to lose the respect that he had earned.

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