What does “sine die” mean?

First, let’s deal with the pronunciation. The “i” in “sine” is like the “y” in “my”, “by”, and “sky”, while the following “e” is like the “i” in “pit”, “kit”, and “bit”. The “i” in “die” is pronounced like the “i” in “sine”. The following “e” is like the “ee” in “bee”, “see”, and “fee”.

The main stress is on the first syllable of “die”. This is one of the ways of pronouncing the word. “Sine die” is normally used in legal contexts and it means indefinitely, “without a date being fixed”.

*The meeting was adjourned sine die.

 The Hindu- ‘Know Your English’ Series, October 4, 2004

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