Definition of de re in English:

de re


  • Relating to the properties of things mentioned in an assertion or expression, rather than to the assertion or expression itself.

    Compare with de dicto
    • ‘So, for example, sentences like evince what are sometimes called de dicto / de re ambiguities.’
    • ‘One example of the prevalence of the traditional use of modal notions can be found in the early medieval de dicto / de re analysis of examples such as ‘A standing man can sit’.’
    • ‘In defence of this way of reading the de re/de dicto distinction, we can note that a central feature of de re ascriptions is that the object of a de re belief ascription is mentioned outside the scope of the ‘believes…’ clause.’
    • ‘Since I shall analyze the de re, relational, or transparent sense of ‘perceptually knows’, I shall want to employ, in my analysis, the de re sense of ‘believe’.’
    • ‘Moreover, the inability to assert theorems containing free variables makes it impossible to prove any de re modal validities.’


Latin, literally about the thing.


de re

/deɪ ˈreɪ//diː/