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From Medieval Latin seriatim, from Latin seriēs (row, chain) + -ātim, adverbial suffix.


  • (UK) IPA(key): /sɪəɹɪˈeɪtɪm/, /sɛɹɪˈeɪtɪm/


seriatim (not comparable)

  1. One after another, in order; taking one topic or subject at a time in an order; sequentially.
    • 1755, W. Massey, Corruptae Latinitatis Index, p. 63:
      Seriatim, I know of no good Authority that this Adverb can claim, though it has got a Place in our Dictionaries, and School-Books.
    • 1829, Thomas Jefferson Randolph, Memoir, Correspondence, and Miscellanies: from the papers of Thomas Jefferson, p. 337:
      That pen should go on, lay bare these wounds of our constitution, expose these decisions seriatim, and arouse, as it is able, the attention of the nation to these bold speculators on its patience.
    • 1893, Medical Record, edited by George F. Shrady, volume 43, page 570:
      The author then took up each step seriatim of the technique and after-treatment.
    • 2002, Colin Jones,The Great Nation, Penguin 2003, p. 242:
      Despite the seemingly bright start in North America, French forces failed to stop the English from opening up the Saint Lawrence seaway through Louisbourg, which fell in 1758, and French fortresses along the Ohio river passed seriatim into English hands.
    • 2004, Jon L. Ericson, Notes and Comments on Robert’s Rules, p.87:
      What does “consider seriatim” mean? To consider seriatim means to consider a motion part by part. (Literally, seriatim means in a series, so a motion could be considered by sentence, by paragraph, or by section.)
    • 2006, Daniel Yeager, J. L. Austin and the Law: Exculpation and the Explication of Responsibility, p. 42:
      Children who seriatim decapitate a row of trees or pull the wings off flies hardly do it unintentionally, but they may have no reason or motive []



seriatim (not comparable)

  1. (chiefly law) Point by point; sequential.
    a seriatim review


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