namely - i.e.

namely - i.e.
Namely and i.e. are both used to give more information about something that you have just mentioned.
You use namely to say exactly what you mean when you have just referred to something in a general or indirect way.

I shall now turn to the fourth factor, namely markets.

This virus was shown to be responsible for causing a very common illness, namely glandular fever.

You use i.e. when you are giving an explanation of a word or expression that you have just used.

You must be an amateur, i.e. someone who has never competed for prize money in athletics.

A good pass in French (i.e. at least grade B) is desirable.


Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • namely — [adv] that is to say by way of explanation, especially, expressly, id est*, i.e., in other words, in plain English*, particularly, scilicet, specially, specifically, strictly speaking, that is, to wit, videlicet, viz.; concept 557 …   New thesaurus

  • namely — ► ADVERB ▪ that is to say …   English terms dictionary

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  • namely — A difference, in grammatical sense, in strictr ness exists between the words namely and including. Namely imports interpretation, i.e., indicates what is included in the previous term; but including imports addition, i.e., indicates something not …   Black's law dictionary

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