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Notabene or nota bene is a Latin (and Italian ) phrase that literally means “notice well” and can be translated as “mindful” or “by the way”. It is composed of the imperative of the Latin verb notare (here with the meaning "notice") and the adverb bene with the meaning "good, well".

Spellings and usage in German

In German, the abbreviation notabene , which is also recorded by the Duden, is common. According to the two spellings there are two forms of the abbreviation: NB for notabene ( Germanized , one word) and N. B. for nota bene (Latin, two words).

As an adverb , notabene can be inserted in a suitable place in the sentence (just like mind you ). Notices or the abbreviation NB , followed by a colon, can also be placed in front of a sentence in order to mark it as a comment.

Plural form and noun

In the plural , the request is notate bene (Latin and Italian). This form is just as uncommon in German texts as the German equivalent "notices probably".

In German there is also the nouning (das) Notabene with the meaning "Vermerk", which is also rarely used.

See also

  • Latin " sic " - can be used with a similar meaning to nota, but is usually placed in brackets within a sentence

Individual evidence

  1. a b Duden online: notabene . Duden only lists the more common written form notabene with the abbreviation NB as a keyword , but gives Latin nota bene in the section on origin.
  2. Duden online: Notabene

Web links

Wiktionary: notabene  - explanations of meanings, word origins, synonyms, translations