Ab Extra Definition

ăb ĕkstrə
From without.
American Heritage
(law) From outside. [Mid 17th century.]
Sometimes I wonder if this country is being controlled ab extra.

Origin of Ab Extra

  • First attested in the mid 17th century. Borrowing from Latin ab extra (literally “from outside") From Late Latin ab (“from") extra (“outside").

    From Wiktionary

  • Latin ab extrā ab from extrā outside

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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