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de re

/ˈdeɪ ˈreɪ/
(logic, philosophy) (of a belief, possibility, etc) relating to the individual rather than to an expression, as the necessity of the number of wonders of the world is prime since that number, seven, is necessarily prime Compare de dicto
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literally: about the thing
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  • The question is either de nomine, whether it be fit to call them holy; or de re, whether they have that which is called holiness.

    A Christian Directory Baxter Richard
  • We do not present de re Metallica as a work of "practical" value.

    De Re Metallica Georgius Agricola
  • In the mean time note, that the question is but de nomine here, whether the name church be fit for other societies, and not de re.

    A Christian Directory Baxter Richard
  • Nowhere in de re Metallica does the author explain these substances.

    De Re Metallica Georgius Agricola
  • In order to accomplish this, he wrote a text-book of architecture, "de re aedificatoria."

    The Century of Columbus James J. Walsh
  • The classification of veins is the same as in de re Metallica.

    De Re Metallica Georgius Agricola
  • "de re Metallica" was the standard manual of mining and metallurgy for 180 years.

    Herbert Hoover Vernon Kellogg
  • Biringuccio gives very little information on tin metallurgy, and we are brought to de re Metallica for the first clear exposition.

    De Re Metallica Georgius Agricola
  • We still have his de re Rustica, a collection of maxims loosely strung together.

    Cato Maior de Senectute Marcus Tullius Cicero
  • It may be noted that two whole lines from this paragraph are omitted in the editions of de re Metallica after 1600.

    De Re Metallica Georgius Agricola

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