Duhaime's Law Dictionary


Viz Definition:

Latin: to wit, that is to say.

Related Terms: Videlicet

Abbreviation of the Latin word videlicet.

Short for to wit, namely or that is to say.

Ballentine Law Dictionary's (3rd Edition) defines viz. as:

"An abbreviation of videlicet, meaning namely; that is to say."

A sample of usage from the law reports (Simon Mason's Case)

"A petition was exhibited against Simon Mason, and articles alleged and proved, inter alia, that he had been an ambidexter, viz. after he was retained by one side he was retained on the other side; and for this he was committed to the Fleet (prison) and turned out of the roll (disbarred).

"It is actionable (in defamation) to call an attorney ambidexter (unless truthful)."

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