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dumtaxat (less correctly, duntax-at ; in ante-Aug. monuments perh. always written separately; often in inscriptions separated by some words: dum ... taxat; cf. also Lex ap. Fest. p. 246, 12 Müll.), adv. dum-taxo; hence, lit., as far as it holds good, extends.
I. To this extent, so far, in so far, as far as this matter is concerned: “sin autem jejunitatem et siccitatem ... dummodo sit polito ... in Attico genere ponit, hoc recte dumtaxat,Cic. Brut. 82, 285: “nos animo dumtaxat vigemus,id. Att. 4, 3 fin.: “sint ista pulchriora dumtaxat adspectu,id. N. D. 2, 18, 47; id. Div. 2, 43, 90; id. Deiot. 1, 1; Hirt. B. Afr. 90; Dig. 4, 3, 17, § 1: dumtaxat de peculio, as far as relates to the peculium, Edict. Praet. ap. Dig. 15, 2, 1; Dig. 14, 4, 7, § 5.—
II. Hence, defining a limit, either as maximum or as minimum, exactly, of the proper measure, which may be not more, or not less.
A. (Not more, i. e.) Only, simply, merely = tantummodo.
1. Esp. in specifying numbers and amounts: MITTANTVR MVLIERES LIBERAE DVMTAXAT QVINQVE, Edict. Praet. ap. Dig. 25, 4, 1, § 10 med.: secum duxerit dum taxat homines IIL. (= duodequinquaginta), Lex. Acil. Repet. 32; Cato, R. R. 49 (quoted in Plin. 17, 22, 35, § 198): “ut consules potestatem haberent tempore dumtaxat annuam, genere ipso ac jure regiam,Cic. Rep. 2, 32; in tmesis: eum quis volet magistratus multare, dum minore parti familiae taxat, liceto, Lex Silia A. U. C. 510, Huschke, Jurisp. Antejust. p. 10.—
2. In gen., in other restrictive applications: “dumtaxat, ut hoc promittere possis, etc.,Lucr. 3, 378: peditatu dumtaxat procul ad speciem utitur, equites in aciem mittit, * Caes. B. C. 2, 41, 2: Cato enim dumtaxat de magnitudine animi, etc., simply, Cic. Par. ad prooem. 3; id. N. D. 1, 38, 107; 1, 44, 123; id. Ep. ad Brut. 3; id. de Or. 2, 27, 119; Liv. 10, 25; Tac. G. 25; Suet. Caes. 55; 75; Hor. S. 2, 6, 42 et saep.; Curt. 4, 42; 9, 36 al.
3. So, non dumtaxat = non modo: “non rebus dumtaxat, sed etiam moribus, etc.,Dig. 26, 7, 12, § 3: “non eos dumtaxat, sed omnes, etc.,ib. 50, 16, 235; cf.: “nec dumtaxat animum vobis fidelem praestitit, sed omnibus interfuit bellis, etc.,Liv. 37, 53, 9.—
B. (Not less, i. e.) At least = saltem.
1. Like A. 1., esp. in numerical specifications: obsonari dumtaxat ad minam, * Plaut. Truc. 2, 4, 91: cum in testamento scriptum esset, ut heres in funere aut in monumento DVMTAXAT AVREOS CENTVM consumeret, non licet minus consumere, si amplius vellet, licet, Dig. 50, 16, 202: “statim Arpinum irem, ni te in Formiano commodissime exspectari viderem, dumtaxat ad prid. Non. Mai.,Cic. Att. 2, 14; cf.: “IBI EPVLENTVR DVMTAXAT IN V. ID. IVL.,Inscr. Orell. 707.—
3. In a very few passages dumtaxat approaches so nearly in meaning to dummodo that it may be rendered by a conjunction in Eng., provided that: “qui, cum luxuriose viverent, non reprehenderentur eo nomine dumtaxat cetera caverent,Cic. Fin. 2, 7, 21; cf. Suet. Aug. 66 supra; v. Hand, Turs. II. pp. 330-339.
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