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Ab initio

Definition of the adverb ab initio

What does ab initio mean as an attribute of something other than a noun?


  1. at the beginning

Alternative definition of the adverb ab initio


  1. [legal] Refers to the time from when a legal document comes into force.
  2. [science] Refers to calculations from first principles, that is from basic laws without any further additional assumptions.
  3. university Refers to a course taken with no prior qualifications.


Ab initio a.k.a. Ab Initio Software is an American multinational enterprise software corporation based in Lexington, Massachusetts. The company specializes in high-volume data processing applications and enterprise application integration. It was founded in 1995 by the former CEO of Thinking Machines Corporation, Sheryl Handler, and several other former employees after the bankruptcy of that company.


Ab initio is a Latin term meaning "from the beginning" and is derived from the Latin ab + initio, ablative singular of initium.

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Google previewLexicon of Trust & Foundation Practice (2016)

by John Goldsworth

The term 'void ab initio' may also describe circumstances where the authority of a person is affected by an act which occurs...

Google previewConcise Encyclopaedia of Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (2014)

by John M. Hancock, Marketa J. Zvelebil

However the accuracyof ab initio methods isnot ashigh as threading or homology modeling. There are anumber of often ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Spectroscopy and Spectrometry (2010)

ab initio , (ii) semiempirical, (iii) empirical. Ab initio methods have increased enormously in accuracy and efficiency and are the focus of our discussion here.

Google previewA New Law Dictionary and Glossary (1850)

Containing Full Definitions of the Principal Terms of the Common and Civil Law : Together with Translations and Explanations of the Various Technical Phrases in Different Languages, Occurring in the Ancient and Modern Reports, and Standard Treatises, Embracing Also All the Principal Common and Civil Law Maxims : Compiled on the Basis of Spelman's Glossary, and Adapted to the Jurisprudence of the United States : with Copious Illustrations, Critical and Historical by Alexander Mansfield Burrill

See Ab initio. Used in the composition of official titles, as ab actis, (q. v.) See A. ' AB ACTIS. L. Lat.

Google previewBouvier's Law Dictionary and Concise Encyclopedia (1914)

by John Bouvier, Francis Rawle

AB INITIO (Lat initium, beginning). From the beginning; entirely; as to all ...

Google previewDammii Lexicon Pindaricum ex integro ejus opere etymologico excerptum, et justa serie dispositum. Edited by Henry Huntingford (1814)

by Christian Tobias DAMM, Henry HUNTINGFORD

primitùs, ab initio. 01.9.81. Ist.4.12. quod alibi ellipticè, тйу йехйу.

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