from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun An abbreviation of ibidem.

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  • abbreviation Alternative form of ibid. ("in the same place")

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  • adverb in the same place (used when citing a reference)


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  • Latin, short for "ibidem", "the same place".

    March 6, 2008

  • I have a vague feeling of danger when I see this term. It comes from using it in college/grad school papers. In word processing programs, footnotes are automatically renumbered when you cut/paste text and move it around. Unfortunately the auto-renumbering feature does not extend to changing the "ibid" in the actual footnote when it refers to the source listed in the footnote directly before it.

    So while you're editing your doc, all the Ibids are moving around in the footnotes. That's a recipe for disaster. So I never use them anymore.

    March 6, 2008

  • Wow. That describes it exactly: a vague feeling of danger. Poor Ibid. I miss it so.

    March 6, 2008

  • Ibid has quite a libido.

    March 6, 2008

  • Cf. id.

    April 7, 2010

  • Wot, no links to an Apple auction site?

    April 7, 2010

  • Es prohibido.

    April 7, 2010