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Postby David Myer » Tue May 01, 2018 12:00 am

Does this word exist? Has it ever existed? What did it mean? The only references I can find are to an obscure piece of legal jargon that bears no semblance to to the words with a prefix:

Assemble, resemble, dissemble, ensemble and probably others.

So presumably it has existed and the others are derived from it.

Any ideas?


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Re: semble

Postby Dr. Goodword » Sat Jun 16, 2018 9:20 am

Yes, there is such a word used as a verb and an adjective mostly in legalese in the sense of "it seems". Otherwise, it is archaic. I'll look into it and see if there is a story there. It does appear in a host of dervatives.
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