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English translation: "ex novo"

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10:18 Feb 5, 2000
Spanish to English translations [PRO]
Art/Literary
Spanish term or phrase: "ex-novo"
The translation so far would go "He responds to nature with an ex-novo construction within a vacuum that the artist then organizes in..."

Yes, folks... it's a wonderfully pretentious critical review of an artist's work. But what exactly does "ex-novo" mean. I may want to use an alternative expression.
Berni
English translation:"ex novo"
Explanation:
The phrase is widely used in Spanish in legal and art contexts.

I woud use it between quotation marks, and without the dash, though.

From Latin:

ex : (= e ) (prep. + abl.) out of, from within, from / on account of.

novo : to make anew, refresh, revive, change, alter, invent.
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Dyran Altenburg
United States
Local time: 06:21
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Thanks again... yours was the best answer to my last query too.
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Summary of answers provided
naNeojohn rock
nanovelHeathcliff
na"ex novo"
Antonio Castillo Gonz�lez
na"ex novo"Dyran Altenburg
naex -novo is a "latinismo"
Alexandro Padres Jimenez
naex-novo
Erika Lundgren


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47 mins
ex-novo


Explanation:
I cannot say that I am an art expert, but novo is latin for new, and using "ex" this way cannot mean anything else then former, or something that is no longer.Using latin in is as common in spanish as in english, and I wouldnt translate it.
I agree on the pretentiousness of the text.

Erika Lundgren
Local time: 12:21
Native speaker of: Native in SwedishSwedish

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59 mins
ex -novo is a "latinismo"


Explanation:
meaning "de nuevo" or "nuevamente". But, these terms are usually not translated and left as they are in the source text.

Good luck!

Alexandro Padres Jimenez
Local time: 06:21
PRO pts in pair: 150

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1 hr
"ex novo"


Explanation:
The phrase is widely used in Spanish in legal and art contexts.

I woud use it between quotation marks, and without the dash, though.

From Latin:

ex : (= e ) (prep. + abl.) out of, from within, from / on account of.

novo : to make anew, refresh, revive, change, alter, invent.


    Reference: http://www.arts.cuhk.edu.hk/Lexis/Latin/
    Reference: http://www.fundego.es/artcult/pintura/pin2.htm
Dyran Altenburg
United States
Local time: 06:21
Native speaker of: Native in SpanishSpanish, Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in pair: 14
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Thanks again... yours was the best answer to my last query too.

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2 hrs
"ex novo"


Explanation:
Yes, "ex novo" is sometimes used in Spanish (not very often anyway) meaning something new or original or completely anew (please don't put "de nuevo" as it could be taken as "again"). It may also refer to a creation (where there was nothing before). If I were you I would leave it in Latin, but if you want to translate it you could also use: "sin precedentes". This is only an opinion, of course, but it may help.

Antonio Castillo Gonz�lez
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PRO pts in pair: 321

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2 hrs
Neo


Explanation:
When the Latin does not suffice go to the Greek.

john rock
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6 hrs
novel


Explanation:
. . . as in, "he responds to nature with a novel construction . . ." (doing our bit to keep the pretension ratio down to a manageable quantum, so to speak).

Heathcliff
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Local time: 03:21
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PRO pts in pair: 843

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