An example of viz used in a sentence is as follows: "He committed three types of crimes viz; robbery, assault and grand theft auto."
Origin of viz.ML, altered (because abbreviation, abbreviated for Classical Latin et resembled a z) from earlier viet., contr. for Classical Latin videlicet that is; namely
- namely, that is to say, as follows, specifically, as an illustration.
viz. is used to introduce a list or series. It differs from i.e. in that what follows normally expands upon what has already been said, rather than merely restating it in other words; and from e.g. in that completeness or near-completeness is suggested, rather than a small selection of examples.
From Latin videlicet (“that is to say, namely"), short for videre licet (“it is permitted to see "). The "˜z' was originally not a letter but a common Middle Latin scribal abbreviation that was used for -et, specifically a Tironian note. The symbol resembled "˜z', or rather 3 and Èœ, and hence is thus represented in type. Compare âŠ, the Tironian symbol for Latin et (“and") (in isolation, not as suffix).
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