Minus and Minimē with Negative Force

Minus and minimē are the comparative adverbs meaning less so and least of all. However, in colloquial Latin they typically fill the role of ‘not’ and ‘no.’

  • Sī minus possunt, exeāmus. If they are unable, let us head out.
  • Audācissimus ego tand’ ex omnibus?—minimē. Am I therefore the most outrageous of men? Certainly not.

This effect is also present in in phrases with the subjunctive and quōminus (= ut eō minus).

  • Nōn aetās impedit quōminus agrī colendī studia teneāmus. Age does not prevent us from retaining an interest in tilling the soil.
  • Nihil impedit quōminus id facere possīmus. Nothing prevents us from doing that.

The Essential AG: 558b

Uses of Quōminus

Uses of Quōminus

 

Summary of Use

Quōminus is used with verbs of hindering and refusing, and initiates a subjunctive verb

Quōminus is literally equivalent to ut eō minus

Exempla

  • Poverty does not prevent us from speaking: nōn egestās impedit quōminus fēmur
  • Poverty does not prevent us from speaking: nōn egestās impedit ut eō minus fēmur
  • Nothing hinders us from being able to do that: nihil impedit quōminus id facere possīmus
  • Nothing hinders us from being able to do that: nihil impedit ut eō minus id facere possīmus

 

The Essential AG: 558 b

 

Famous Phrase: I honestly couldn’t find anything for a word this rare, but here’s the motto of my alma mater, the University of Chicago:

 

crescat scientia, vita excolātur (let learning grow, that life may be enriched)

 

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