Ex uno disce omnia

English translation: from one (example), learn all

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Latin term or phrase:Ex uno disce omnia
English translation:from one (example), learn all
Entered by: Joseph Brazauskas

14:33 Jan 6, 2009
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Latin term or phrase: Ex uno disce omnia
Ex uno disce omnia
Svetla Chorbadzhieva
Bulgaria
Local time: 09:09
from one (example), learn all
Explanation:
'Vno' may refer to a person, thing, or event. It isn't clear because it can be construed as masculine or neuter. But the obvious meaning is that one may judge all of the same type by reference to one example of such.
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Joseph Brazauskas
United States
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thank you very much!
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Summary of answers provided
4 +3from one (example), learn all
Joseph Brazauskas
4 +2from one (person) you can get to know all men/the whole species
Liliana Galiano
4 +1From one person shall learn all
Celia Bodnar
4from one person learn all persons
Ellen Kraus


Discussion entries: 5





  

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6 mins   confidence: Answerer confidence 4/5Answerer confidence 4/5 peer agreement (net): +1
From one person shall learn all


Explanation:
I think this would be the best way to put this

Celia Bodnar
Canada
Local time: 02:09
Native speaker of: English

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Joseph Brazauskas: It's possible./Minus the 'shall'.
10 mins
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7 mins   confidence: Answerer confidence 4/5Answerer confidence 4/5
from one person learn all persons


Explanation:
But i should read omnes (instead of omnia, unless you wish to say from ..... you learn everything )

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Note added at 10 Min. (2009-01-06 14:44:09 GMT)
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OMNES instead of omnia (the latter being the neutral plural of omnium )

Ellen Kraus
Austria
Local time: 08:09
Native speaker of: Native in GermanGerman

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
neutral  Joseph Brazauskas: Supposing that persons are referred to, yes. But that isn't clear.
10 mins
  -> I am almost sure that is a mistake in this context, because the Latin phrase with is a frequently used standing term, whereas a translation with is unclear what is to be understood by ? All examples ? that makes no sense.
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16 mins   confidence: Answerer confidence 4/5Answerer confidence 4/5 peer agreement (net): +3
from one (example), learn all


Explanation:
'Vno' may refer to a person, thing, or event. It isn't clear because it can be construed as masculine or neuter. But the obvious meaning is that one may judge all of the same type by reference to one example of such.

Joseph Brazauskas
United States
Specializes in field
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish, Native in SpanishSpanish
PRO pts in category: 31
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thank you very much!

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Stephen C. Farrand: Absolutely; = "one example suffices". This is, of course, either a logical shorthand or a fallacious sort of reasoning. A glance at Google indicates no example older than 1824 (The Gentleman's Magazine).
19 mins
  -> Thank you.

neutral  Ellen Kraus: what do you understand by all ? all examples " that´s very unlikely, indeed
1 hr
  -> Why is it unlikely?

agree  Celia Bodnar
2 hrs
  -> Thank you.

agree  Rebecca Garber: This is the only answer that matches the original question. Had we more context, the other answers might prove conclusivey correct.
3 hrs
  -> I concur. Thank you.
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21 mins   confidence: Answerer confidence 4/5Answerer confidence 4/5 peer agreement (net): +2
from one (person) you can get to know all men/the whole species


Explanation:
It could also mean this, based on similar proverbs.

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Note added at 23 mins (2009-01-06 14:57:25 GMT)
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Ab uno disce omne: ‘por un individuo se conoce a toda la especie’

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Note added at 32 mins (2009-01-06 15:06:24 GMT)
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ab uno disce omnes From Virgil's Aeneid. Refers to situations where a single example or observation indicates a general or universal truth.

Liliana Galiano
Argentina
Local time: 04:09
Native speaker of: Spanish

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Stephen C. Farrand: Aeneid II, describing Sinon: undique visendi studio Troiana iuventus / circumfusa ruit certantque inludere capto. / accipe nunc Danaum insidias et crimine ab uno / disce omnis. This explains why one early referent remarks on the bad Latin.
34 mins
  -> Thanks!

agree  Joseph Brazauskas: However, the text as given in the question reads 'omnia'.
2 hrs
  -> Thanks Joseph.
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