Definitions for quaereˈkwɪər i
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A question or query.
To ask or query; used imperatively to introduce a question or signify doubt.
Origin: From quaere, second-person singular present active imperative of quaero.
inquire; question; see; -- used to signify doubt or to suggest investigation
Origin: [L., imperative of quaerere to seek.]
Quaere is legal Latin, literally meaning "inquire" or "query". In legal drafting it is usually used to indicate that the person expressing the view that precedes the phrase may not adhere to the hypothesis following it. For example: The word Quaere has occasionally, as a result of misunderstanding, appeared on maps or in gazetteers. The columnist Miles Kington, writing in The Independent, records that a map-maker c. 1578 was compiling a map of Wiltshire. There was a hamlet where he had doubts about the correct name. He therefore wrote on the draft map Quaere. This was mistaken by the engraver of the map as being the name of a hamlet or village. The error persisted for well over two centuries; the following brief entry appears in a gazetteer published in 1805: QUÆRE, near Wilton.
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