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accepted What is the meaning and usage of the abbreviation “v. a.”?
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revised What is the meaning and usage of the abbreviation “v. a.”?
Noted that "verb active" is usually the correct answer; wording
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comment What is the meaning and usage of the abbreviation “v. a.”?
@jlovegren Certainly. If only Google books or JSTOR had precise full-text search I'd love to try and find other authors using it.
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comment What is the meaning and usage of the abbreviation “v. a.”?
I am not convinced at this point. All your source is saying is that a vices agens has some kind of role in Roman law. We will still need a link to some usage of an abbreviation "v. a." with appropriate meaning to make this work.
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comment What is the meaning and usage of the abbreviation “v. a.”?
This looks promising! That meaning would be a good fit for most instances of "v. a." I've seen in the book. But was "v. a." understood as an abbreviation meaning vices agens in the sense you are proposing and used in English language publications at the time?
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revised What is the meaning and usage of the abbreviation “v. a.”?
false positive, sorry
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comment What is the meaning and usage of the abbreviation “v. a.”?
No – there are other occurrences "v. a. an astrologer", "v. a. malum absit", the verb active qualifier just doesn't make sense. Given the style of the book I'm fairly certain it's a Latin(ate) abbreviation, but the fact that there's no answer on the internet is puzzling.
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comment What is the meaning and usage of the abbreviation “v. a.”?
They're not. This is an old grammar book from the 1880s, a lot of words are abbreviated to save space. Probably, the educated contemporary reader was assumed to know what these meant.
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