What Does See Supra Mean?


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See supra or supra is an academic and legal citation. It is a signal that refers to describe a situation when a writer wants the reader to check up with an earlier-cited authority. It is a Latin term for 'above'. Sub is the antonym for supra. Thus supra is used to indicate that the current citation is from the same source as the previous one.

This term is often used in legal research and is used to denote the matter under current consideration has already appeared some where before in the text or document in which the reference is made. For instance if a writer wants to tell about a source in his or her fifth footnote then he would denote it in this manner: see supra note 5 or see supra text after note 3.

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