Is there a short form for the word - Citation? I Googled but still can't find one.

EDIT: 'Citation' is not a long word but if my document will mention this word at least 100, it would therefore be great if I can find the short form for it.

  • You are looking for Quote, maybe?
    – oerkelens
    Feb 27, 2014 at 7:05
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    "cit" is the abbreviation of citation. There is also "Op. cit." worth to mention, which is the abbreviation of the Latin phrase opere citato, meaning "in the work cited".
    – ermanen
    Feb 27, 2014 at 7:14
  • Is "citation" such a long word that it needs to be abbreviated?
    – tobyink
    Feb 27, 2014 at 10:37
  • 'Citation' is no a long word but if my document will mention this word at least 100 times and therefore would be great if I can find the short form for it.
    – user275517
    Feb 27, 2014 at 10:40
  • I've seen cites used as a noun, but I personally don't care for it. There's also references. Aug 8, 2019 at 5:35

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There is the abbreviation cit, but it is only used in particular contexts; you would not use it in running text, though you would use it in a reference.

There are some near-synonyms. I'm guessing you mean the sense in which quotation, quote, extract, excerpt, passage, line, reference, or piece could work, though if you mean it in another sense, then commendation or order or various other terms could be used. You may find that some of these near-synonyms can be used some of the time.

For the most part though I wouldn't worry about it. If your document is using citation at least 100 times, it's presumably a document in which it is appropriate to use citation at least 100 times. What's the problem?


We sometimes say 'I cited that author' but there's no official abbreviated form of citation that I know of.

  • I am confused because according to user 'ermanen', "cit" is the abbreviation of citation but you mention that there is no official abbreviation for citation. So, is there or there are none?
    – user275517
    Feb 27, 2014 at 7:45
  • By the way, I notice that the CIT is referring to 'Citation' in this link - acronyms.thefreedictionary.com/CIT
    – user275517
    Feb 27, 2014 at 7:47

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