That is to say; namely. To wit. Words particularizing a general statement and explaining obscurities therein, without being repugnant to the statement. 57 Am J1st Wills § 1156. A formal statement in a pleading intended to dispense with strict proof. Lindekugel v Spokane, P. & S. R. Co. 149 Or 634, 42 P2d 907, 99 ALR 721. When any fact alleged in a pleading is preceded by the words "to wit," or "that is to say," such fact is said to be laid under a videlicet. The object of a videlicet is to dispense with strict proof. The office of a videlicet is to note that the party does not undertake to prove the precise circumstances alleged. Lindekugel v Spokane, P. & S. R. Co. 149 Or 634, 42 P2d 907, 99 ALR 72L The following note of the famous Sergeant Williams is appended to Dakin's Case, 2 Wms. Saund. 290, 291: "So a videlicet may sometimes restrain the generality of the former words, where they are not express and special, but stand indifferent, so as to be capable of being restrained without apparent injury to them; as if lands be granted to a man and his heirs, that is to say, the heirs of his body, it is an estate tail." See Hall v Hall, 84 Vt 259, 78 A 971.

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