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mūtātīs mūtandīs
'things being changed that have to be changed', i.e. with the necessary changes; with due alteration of details (first rec. use in English 1498.) ex., "What is said of an army, here is taken also to apply, mutatis mutandis, to air force and the navy.
multum in parvō
much in little, i.e. a great deal in a small compass; much information communicated in few words.

Ex., The Little Lexicon: or Multum in Parvo of the English Language.
causa sine quā nōn
an indespensable condition
let him/her beware, also in 'to enter into a caveat'.

e.g., 'It pleasted the goodness of God by giving the law to put in a caveat...for the tranquility of mankind.'
cāsus bellī
an act justifying, or regarded as a reason for, war.
caveat ēmptor
'let the buyer beware', let him keep his eyes open (for once entered upon, the bargain is binding).
(in law) a legal authorization to a debtor to postpone payment for a certain time; a postponement, an agreed delay, a deliberate temporary suspension (of some activity, etc.).
Bellum omnium contra omnes
Bellum omnium contra omnes is a Latin phrase meaning "the war of all against all." It is the description that Thomas Hobbes gives to human existence in the state of nature thought experiment that he conducts in Leviathan. This thought experiment places people in a pre-social condition, and theorizes what would happen in such a condition. According to Hobbes, the outcome is that people choose to enter a social contract, giving up some of their liberties in order to enjoy peace. This thought experiment is a test for the legitimation of a state in fulfilling its role as "sovereign," and for comparing different types of states on that basis.
fēlīx culpa
literally, 'happy fault', referring to the Fall of Man or the sin of Adam as resulting in the blessedness of the redemption; thus an apparent error or tragedy which has happy consequences.

e.g., "He was crushed in a landlide of historical proportions. Today he sees it as a kind of felix culpa, a happy fall.
ab ovo
from the beginning...
Nōlī mē tangere
touch me not; purportedly the words of Christ to Mary Magdalene after the resurrection (xx.17.1 Vulgate) They are used of paintings of this scene, as well as metaphorically.

A sort of noli me tangere manner, nervously apprehensive of too familiar approach. -1822, De Quincey; Confessions, 28
ceteris paribus
With all other factors or things being equal, or remaining the same.