First attested in the mid 17th century. Learned borrowing from Latin ab extra (literally “from outside”) From Late Latin ab (“from”) extra (“outside”).
- (law) From outside. [Mid 17th century.]
- Sometimes I wonder if this country is being controlled ab extra.
- ^ Lesley Brown (editor), The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, 5th edition (Oxford University Press, 2003 , →ISBN), page 4
- 1999, Ed. Jennifer Speake, The Oxford Essential Dictionary of Foreign Terms in English, Oxford University Press, →ISBN
- “ab extra” in Dictionary.com Unabridged, Dictionary.com, LLC, 1995–present.