Alternative formsEdit


Borrowed from Latin vidēlicet, which itself is a contraction of vidēre licet, meaning "it is permitted to see".


Often read out in translation as namely or to wit.


videlicet (not comparable)

  1. Namely, to wit, that is to say (used when clarifying or naming the preceding item or topic)
    • 1993, Anthony Burgess, A Dead Man in Deptford:
      My father did speak much of the day he was not speedily to forget, videlicet May Day of 1517, when there was great apprentice rioting against insolent foreigners.

Usage notesEdit

Where videlicet is carefully distinguished from scilicet, viz. is used to provide glosses and sc. to provide omitted words or parenthetic clarification.




A contraction of vidēre licet ([it] is permitted to see).[1] Cf. scīlicet.



vidēlicet (not comparable)

  1. Videlicet: namely, to wit, that is to say
    • c. '1300', Tractatus de Ponderibus et Mensuris
      Per Ordinacionem tocius regni Anglie fuit mensura Domini Regis composita videlicet quod denarius qui vocatur sterlingus rotundus & sine tonsura ponderabit triginta duo grana frumenti in medio Spice.
  2. clearly, evidently


  • videlicet in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • videlicet in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • videlicet in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré Latin-Français, Hachette
  1. ^ American Heritage Dictionary, 5th ed. "vi·del·i·cet". Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014.