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
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
- 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)