I.E. Definition and Legal Meaning

On this page, you'll find the legal definition and meaning of I.E., written in plain English, along with examples of how it is used.

What is I.E.?

prep. Abbreviation for id est. Latin meaning “that is,” or “that is to say.” Used to explain or expand a general term which may require further clarification for correct understanding. Should not be confused with “e.g.” which refers to “for example.”

Derived from the Latin words ‘id est’.

History and Meaning of I.E.

I.e. is an abbreviation for id est, a Latin phrase that translates to "that is" or "in other words." It is used to clarify a term or phrase that requires further explanation to fully understand. I.e. is often confused with e.g., which stands for exempli gratia, meaning "for example." The use of the abbreviation i.e. dates back to medieval Latin and has been widely used in many fields of study.

Examples of I.E.

  1. She prefers exotic food, i.e., food from different cultures, such as Thai and Indian.
  2. The paintings were created during the Renaissance period, i.e., between the 14th and 17th centuries.
  3. We need to focus on the three main areas of the business, i.e., sales, marketing, and operations.
  4. The event is open to all licensed doctors, i.e., those who hold a valid medical license issued by the state board.
  5. He always wears casual clothes to work, i.e., jeans and a t-shirt.

Legal Terms Similar to I.E.

  • N.B. (Nota bene) - "note well." Used to draw attention to an important point.
  • Cf. (Confer) - "compare." Used to make a comparison between two ideas, statements or pieces of information.
  • Q.V. (Quod vide) - "which see." Used to guide readers to other sources of information that can broaden their knowledge about a particular topic.