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The dialectal characteristics of the Latin of ancient Patavium (Padua), especially as found in Livy's writings; (more generally) provincial style.
Early 17th century; earliest use found in R. C. (fl. c1616). From classical Latin Patavīnitās the dialectal characteristics of the Latin of ancient Patavium (Padua), provincial style from Patavīnus + -tās. Compare Italian patavinità, Middle French, French patavinité.
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