To Wit Definition and Legal Meaning

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

What is To Wit?

Namely, that is to say, to know. Eg. The wonders of the world are , to wit: Opera house in Sydney, the Statue of Liberty .

History and Meaning of To Wit

The term "to wit" is derived from an Old English phrase meaning "that is to say." In legal contexts, it is typically used to introduce specific examples or clarifications. The term is sometimes abbreviated as "viz." (short for the Latin "videlicet"), which has the same meaning.

Examples of To Wit

  1. The defendant is accused of theft of several items, to wit: a diamond necklace, a gold watch, and a ruby ring.
  2. The contract specifies that the artist will receive a percentage of the profits, to wit: 10% of all revenue generated from the sale of merchandise.
  3. The statue in the town square depicts the town's founder, to wit: John Smith, who arrived in the area in 1845.

Legal Terms Similar to To Wit

  1. E.g. - An abbreviation of the Latin phrase "exempli gratia," meaning "for example."
  2. I.e. - An abbreviation of the Latin phrase "id est," meaning "that is."
  3. Inter alia - A Latin term meaning "among other things," often used to introduce a non-exhaustive list.